Charter school principal fired

Published March 28, 2007

NEW PORT RICHEY - The troubled Language Academy charter school went into upheaval mode late Monday, with two members of its board quitting and the remaining board firing the principal.

Principal Joyce Nunn had submitted her resignation effective June 30, but the board, which is trying to stave off closure by the Pasco school district, rejected that request and told her to leave immediately.

Nunn was "not being functional" as principal, said outgoing board chairman Mark Stitt. "The teachers felt that they couldn't work for her anymore and they felt the only way they could keep the school open was for her to be gone."

Stitt also resigned Monday evening, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Teacher Anna Robledo will serve as interim principal. The board also appointed some new members to its ranks.

"There's a group of parents and board members and teachers and they are all looking forward to making it work," Stitt said.

Whether that dedication will save the school, which the sponsoring Pasco School Board has threatened to shut down over financial difficulties, remains to be seen.

"My concern is it increases the instability of an unstable situation," assistant superintendent Sandy Ramos said.

Ramos plans to make a recommendation on the school's future at the School Board meeting on April 17.

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