Parents Losing Patience Over Principal’s Paid Leave

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Supporters of a high school principal who is on paid leave have formed a committee calling for change in the El Dorado Union High School District.

Principal Paul Burke has been on paid leave from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills since November for an undisclosed personnel matter. An outside consultant was brought in to help resolve the issue.

Burke's supporters are frustrated that a resolution has not been reached. Some made public comments at Tuesday night's meeting of the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees.

"How is it that the principal at your flagship campus who has been universally praised by both students and parents can be stuck in limbo and off-campus for nearly 50 percent of the school year?" asked Brent Lowder, organizer of a committee and website called El Dorado Parents for District Change.

"It is a very complex issue," superintendent Stephen Wehr told FOX40. "And the board and the district are taking, obviously, that very seriously. We've engaged in a lot of work. We have great compassion for the parents, for where parents are and the community is in this circumstance. And so we're hoping that through these processes we'll be able to bring closure very soon."

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