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Palm Beach principal tells School Board member to back off



There's an interesting standoff shaping up in a Palm Beach County elementary school. It's pitting parents against parents, and the principal against a School Board member (who's also a parent at the school).

According to the Palm Beach Post, South Olive Elementary principal Hank Smith has had enough with board member Jennifer Prior Brown's constant attempts to micromanage his school. He surprised parents the other day by threatening to retire early if she doesn't let up.

"They are only the boss when they are sitting on the dais on Wednesdays," the Post reported Smith as saying about board members, during an impromptu gathering after a PTO meeting. "Other than that they are just parents."

Brown hasn't spoken up, but others have defended her. A battle has ensued, with parents taking sides and some teachers saying if the principal goes, so will they. You can read the full story here.

Then we'd like to hear your thoughts as to where and when school board members should use their authority. Have you seen them overstep their bounds? Should they be more vocal when they see or hear of concerns within the schools and communities they serve? Or should they stick to policy, budget and politics, letting the pros do their jobs? 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:31am]


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