CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of the Jones College Prep Local School Council sent a letter to district CEO Petro Martinez outlining their concerns about the senior leadership, and now three LSC student members are speaking out.
Board members have raised red flags about school finances and pupils’ concerns being ignored – and they say principal Joseph Powers has a habit of not showing up for work. All of the charges are detailed in a scathing letter sent to the Chicago Public Schools official.
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Alex Kerr, William Clancy and Daniel Andrade say they were blindsided by the letter and its accusations. They believe that the authors of the letter did not follow the procedure and dispute the fact that they were never warned about it or asked for their opinion.
They say that the LSC statutes state that students must come first and that did not happen in this case.
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“The three members who sent this letter did not follow the correct procedure outlined in the back of the bylaws on how to take legal action against the manager, and that really affected me personally,” Clancy said.
“Just that lack of communication really stung because we were left in the dark,” Andrade said.
“The best thing we can do is raise our concerns and continue to amplify both our own voices and those of students in general by raising our concerns about the way the proceedings have been handled over the past few weeks,” Kerr said.
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In an email Thursday, the school board’s general counsel confirmed there was an active investigation. Jones’ principal, Dr. Joseph Powers, did not comment on the allegations against him, but instead sent a letter to the parents defending his case and accusing the letter writers of acting to have him ousted. .