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Ex-Connerton Elementary principal gets hearing date

Ousted from her post more than a month ago, former Connerton Elementary School principal Anna Falcone will get her chance to defend herself and seek her job back from the Pasco School Board on June 6.

Falcone, who had been called a bully and worse by groups within the school and surrounding community, was getting added training and mentoring to help her improve her performance. Superintendent Kurt Browning abruptly suspended her just before spring break, though, saying she had been insubordinate in attempting to access confidential climate survey data despite being instructed not to do so.

He has recommended her firing from the district. Aimee Boltze, who was overseeing the district's teacher evaluation conversion, was placed at Connerton as an interim principal. The board recently approved a replacement to Boltze's old job, although it has not named her the school's permanent principal.

After remaining silent for weeks, Falcone told the Times in mid April that the superintendent had misunderstood her actions, and that she was being treated like a criminal. She asked the board for a hearing to clear her name, even while knowing that principal jobs are renewed annually at the will of the superintendent. Browning could not reappoint her for the 2013-14 school year and Falcone would have little recourse.

The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on June 6. It will be open to the public.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:11am]


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