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Grievance might shine light on Pasco principal's ouster

Imerson_2 Pasco County superintendent Heather Fiorentino's removal of Gulf High principal Tom Imerson (right) from his post has created more questions than answers in the two weeks since the School Board approved the move.

Lacking an official explanation for Imerson's transfer to an unspecified district level job, many people in the community have speculated in conversation both online and off that three Gulf High teachers' grievances against Imerson held the key. Fiorentino has rejected such commentary as idle chit-chat, saying there's nothing she can do about rumors and that every principal has grievances against him or her.

The public soon will get to hear for itself whether there's any truth to the rumors.

School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso tells the Gradebook that he will ask the board on Tuesday to set a date to hear the complaints of Gulf High teacher Vicky Mudry, who filed three grievances against Imerson in February. In them, Mudry alleges:

  • Imerson interrupted her class to have her immediately attend a disciplinary meeting, at which she was subjected to "abusive behavior" without the opportunity to have union representation.
  • After the initial disciplinary meeting, Imerson and his administration subjected Mudry to "increased, unfair, inequitable and inappropriate scrutiny" that she considered retaliatory.
  • District administration failed to properly investigate Mudry's initial abuse complaint against Imerson.

Union officials told the Gradebook that concerns about the work environment at Gulf High go beyond Mudry's allegations. See tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times or for the rest of the story.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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