The principal and the academic dean at Cardinal Valley Elementary School in Lexington have resigned after a Fayette County Public Schools investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Fayette Schools Spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall confirmed Monday afternoon that Cardinal Valley principal Ivonne Beegle and academic dean Suzanne Ray resigned Friday.
The school district had placed Ray and Beegle on paid administrative leave Sept. 4 as a result of the misconduct allegations.
Responding to questions Monday, Deffendall said the school district could not provide details of the investigation or the nature of the allegations involved. She said the allegations did not concern school finances, students or testing...KSN&C has no specific information on the particulars, but informed individuals within the distinct say that Beegle had been counseled before about harassing behaviors and an unyielding management style. She was reportedly caught on tape being verbally abusive to the faculty one day....stuff like that.
[T]he school system confirmed Monday that it will submit a report on the case to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, the agency responsible for issuing and reviewing the certifications of all teachers and school administrators in the state. The report is required by law...
Both Beegle and Ray are veteran educators. Beegle had been principal at Cardinal Valley since 2007, and she had worked for the Fayette Schools since 2000, Deffendall said.In the world of high-stakes assessment where the pressure is on principals to produce numbers, some may forget that, in the end, educators are in the people business and how you treat folks matters.
Cardinal Valley has been an impressive performer on statewide student tests for the past few years, despite having large percentages of low-income students. On the 2010 state test, for example, Cardinal Valley recorded the district's biggest gains in percentages of students scoring at proficient or distinguished levels. Its reading scores jumped 15.54 percentage points, while math scores increased by 20.09 percentage points.