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Former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman will retire

Former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman will retire pending School Board approval. Hoffman created an uproar in April when she sent an email to staff directing them to keep white students in the same class when creating classroom rosters.

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Former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman will retire pending School Board approval. Hoffman created an uproar in April when she sent an email to staff directing them to keep white students in the same class when creating classroom rosters.

Former Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman, who was under investigation for sending a directive to her staff that said white students should be in the same class when creating classroom rosters, has chosen to retire.

Pinellas County school district superintendent Mike Grego announced her retirement in an email sent to School Board members on Friday. Board members will hold a vote to approve her resignation at a June 6 board meeting. 

Grego said Hoffman's retirement ends an internal school district investigation that stemmed from her April 18 email.

"It is our practice to close administrative investigations without findings if an employee retires or resigns before an investigation is completed," he wrote.

Hoffman requested to be transferred off campus until the investigation was complete. Grego also called in a third-party investigator to look into the incident. 

The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, which had called on Hoffman to resign, released a statement that the organization was "pleased to learn" of Hoffman's decision to retire. 

"The NAACP continues its quest to work collaboratively with the Pinellas County school system to ensure that the resources and personnel are in place to provide black and brown children a quality education in the Pinellas County school system," the statement read. "We are hopeful that the district will continue to see the St. Petersburg Branch NAACP as an advocate for black and brown children, with the ultimate goal of putting their needs above politics and personal agendas."

Hoffman spent four years as an assistant principal before she was promoted this year to principal of Campbell Park, a predominantly black school with a history of poor performance in south St. Petersburg.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prohibits schools from segregating students "on the basis of race, color, or national origin in making classroom assignments."

[Last modified: Friday, May 26, 2017 11:56am]

    

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