Leadership questions at Spoto High School

The new principal is on leave. The community is divided on whether she should return.
Glennis Perez was named principal of Spoto High School on June 28. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Glennis Perez was named principal of Spoto High School on June 28. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Published March 1, 2019|Updated March 15, 2019

Glennis Perez, the first-year principal of Spoto High School, has taken a leave of absence as district officials look into unspecified matters at the school.

District spokeswoman Tanya Arja said she could not comment beyond the notice that went out to parents at the Riverview school, which said Perez is “taking personal time and will be away from our school while we review concerns that have been brought forward.” Arja would not say whether the district’s Office of Professional Standards has opened a case.

Assistant Principal Brian Hoover will be in charge during Perez’s absence, the notice said.

Perez, 42, is among dozens of principals who were moved in the past year to the district’s 50 Achievement schools, a group chosen for special attention because of a history of low state grades and test scores.

Starting her career in 2003 as a teacher at Memorial Middle School, Perez worked last as an assistant principal at Brandon High School.

It has been a rocky year, however.

A petition is circulating on changeorg, calling for Perez’s removal. She is also being criticized on an Instagram site called Protestperez; and defended on an opposing site called Supportperez.

Perez could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. The School Board has scheduled a workshop on March 12 to discuss all the Achievement schools.