This time, the kids spoke, too.
Parents of students at three north Omaha elementary schools again asked the Omaha school board to keep their principals in place — to not reassign them, as the district plans to do this fall.
Thirteen parents made the same request to the board two weeks ago.
Monday night, 19 people, including six children, repeated how much they enjoyed their principals and how much moving them would hurt their schools.
“We are here today to help keep our principal, Mr. J.B.,” said Alexandre Jeanpierre, a fourth-grader at Franklin Elementary, 3506 Franklin St.
Alexandre said his principal, Decua Jean-Baptiste, is kind and caring.
The Omaha Public Schools plan to move Jean-Baptiste to Masters Elementary this fall, where he will remain a principal.
OPS interim Superintendent Virginia Moon announced the principal reassignments last month.
Alexandre likes his principal so much he's even talking about voluntarily attending summer school so he can see “Mr. J.B.” more often, said Carole Jeanpierre-Finch, Alexandre's mother, who also asked the board to let Jean-Baptiste stay.
About 100 people attended the meeting, including OPS teachers, parents and school advocates.
The other speakers asked the board to keep Shelly Burghardt at Hartman Elementary, 5530 N. 66th St., and Dan Hoeck at King Elementary, 3706 Maple St.
Burghardt is scheduled to lead Central Park Elementary; Hoeck is to be transferred to Florence Elementary.
Board President Marian Fey thanked those who spoke, but board members made no other comment.
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