Principal wants to keep his role in Elizabethton’s West Side story

10:16 am | April 3, 2013

Despite earning 470 points out of 500 in his most recent evaluation, West Side Elementary School Principal Doug Photo by Brandon HicksMitchell may be losing his job.

Mitchell was informed March 22 that he would not be reinstated as principal next school year based on findings in recent performance evaluations conducted by Director of Schools Ed Alexander.

The score of 470 placed Mitchell in the highest rank for “overall effectiveness.”

“All of my past reviews and evaluations have been high,” said Mitchell, who has been principal at West Side for five years. “They are still that way but the decision has been based on a past evaluation. There has been some concern with the parents and a meeting has been scheduled to address that.”

On Monday, Alexander declined to comment to the STAR on his reason for making the recommendation. The director said he wanted to discuss his recommendation with the staff at West Side before publicly releasing the information. He is set to meet with school staff today, and a public meeting has been scheduled at the school Thursday evening.

“I don’t want to disclose that information before the other staff have been told,” he said.

However, Mitchell provided the STAR with an email sent by Alexander to school board members, in which the director, partially, lists his reasons for removing Mitchell as principal.

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