Clay County parents petition to save principal

5 principals, other administrators let go by Superintendent Addison Davis

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – Controversy is swirling in over changes in leadership at several Clay County schools.

News4Jax reported last month that the Superintendent Addison Davis had installed new principals at various schools and had terminated five principals and several other administrators.

Some parents unhappy with one of the changes have started a petition drive.

"A few of us have talked and there’s a mixed emotion about what’s going on," parent Amy Tilton said.

More than 500 hundred people have signed an online petition demanding the return of the principal of a Middleburg elementary school. The petition calls her firing, “An extreme injustice”  

“Please help us petition our school board and Addison Davis to make the changes needed to ELEVATE CLAY," the petition reads.

Tilton said she’s not opposed to the changes.

"A lot more aren’t liking it, but a lot more want change.  We want to see the difference in the schools," Tilton said. "For me, my daughter started in elementary school, she’s in high school now."

Other parents are just confused about the controversy.

"I hadn’t heard about it until I got the automated message introducing the new principal," said Tisha Lucas. "I wasn’t aware."

After the news came out about the changes at the top, Davis released a statement:

These individuals were handpicked and demonstrate the ability and skillset to improve teaching and learning, build a positive climate and culture, and help lead Clay County to become one of the top tier school districts in Florida."

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