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Local principal fights for his job

Parents packed an area elementary school to get answers about a principal's job status.

Last week, West Side Elementary parents told us they've been kept in the dark about issues surrounding Principal Doug Mitchell.

They got answers from Director of Schools, Ed Alexander on Thursday night.

In Principal Mitchell's evaluation, Director Alexander writes that because of reasons of a lack of accessibility and response time, a lack of commitment to school, students and staff, an issue of students receiving too much home work and not entering disciplinary actions into a software program, he recommends Principal Mitchell be removed from West Side Elementary.

Parents and Principal Mitchell were not happy with the news.

What started as a meeting to inform parents turned into a fiery exchange between Principal Mitchell and Director of Schools Ed Alexander.

"You might fool some of the people you're not going to fool this group tonight," said Principal Mitchell.

While some parents took it a step further.

"I think we need to just see you go-- and keep Mr Mitchell"

For awhile -- the two debated back and forth.

Director Alexander eventually told the crowd that he would listen to the parents concerns and consider them.

This is a developing story. Stay with News Channel 11 as we bring you updates.


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