Six Principals Stepping Down

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RENO -- The Washoe County School District announced six principals at under-performing schools will be moving to other roles within the district. The six schools are among eleven identified by the district as needing targeted improvement -- those schools are being called the "acceleration zone."

"To their credit, many of (the principals) said to us: you know I think I've taken the school as far as I could," Washoe superintendent Pedro Martinez said.

The district said the decision was based on how the schools were performing. District officials said principals at better-performing schools will take over for those stepping down -- that will create an additional six vacant principal spots.

Spanish Springs Elementary School principal Prim Walters will take over at Sun Valley Elementary. Prim said: "I'd been saying 'no' because I love my school here, but when your administration calls on you and they think you are strong enough to do it, I think it's important to step up to the plate."

The leadership moves will take place starting next school year.

Martinez said under-performing schools may also receive more federal funds.

"I'm very much in favor of putting more resources toward students that need more resources in order to ensure they succeed," Andrea Hughs-Baird, a parent and member of Parent Leaders for Education, said.

To see which schools are being targeted, and the results of the evaluations, go to Hot Topics for a link.