Washington Collado is being forced out as principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to a letter from parent groups and the Parkland mayor.

Stoneman Douglas was the site of a controversy involving a cheerleading coach, who was fired after complaints of bullying, despite being cleared by two district investigations. It is unclear whether Collado’s ouster has anything to do with that incident.

So far, district officials aren’t confirming the news. “Principal Collado has not been removed from the school,” district spokeswoman Tracy Clark said in an e-mail.

But parents say otherwise and are flooding the district with letters, including one addressed by parents Andrea Schaja and Jan Hediger, who head school and parent advisory groups, and Mayor Michael Udine of Parkland.  They said they were surprised to learn his contract won’t be renewed for the 2013-14 year.


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“We were especially surprised that to the best of our knowledge, this was done without any parent and/or community input,” according to a letter sent to Superintendent Robert Runcie and other administrators and School Board members.

“We are struggling to understand the process and protocol that the Broward County School District utilizes to implement these decisions,” the letter states. “We have heard that there are certain criteria that are looked at when evaluating a principal for reappointment, and we would like to know which specific criteria were not met and how they was evaluated.”

What do you think about this? Do you think this has anything to do with the cheerleading scandal?