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Parents react to likely dismissal of Myers Middle School principal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A day after parents learned the school would be re-staffed and at least half the teachers not hired back next year, JCPS confirmed Tuesday evening that principal Jack Baldwin is being forced out.

"This is where I went, I believe in this school. That's why my daughter's here and I'm angry, I'm angry," said Myers parent Tracy Ruth, voicing her frustration Wednesday with other parents at the school.

"The motto of the school is, 'Success is the only option' but they're not setting up anybody in the school for success by yanking the rug out from under our kids and the staff in the middle of the school year," said Myers parent Sarah Koening.

A new audit from the Kentucky Department of Education found Baldwin lacks the ability to lead the intervention at Myers and should not remain as principal.

"At least in the five major scoring areas that the auditors looked at it seemed to be moving in the wrong direction," said JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley.

Myers was already one of the lowest-performing middle schools in JCPS and the state.

Last year students' scores dropped even further -- only 10 percent tested proficient in math. The data shows 8 of 10 students can not read or write on grade level.

"The principal's role is extremely important, it's very challenging," Hensley said. "It requires you to have great knowledge of instruction and practices -- assessment, curriculum, it also requires you to be an excellent manager."

He added: "We will be looking for someone who has that skill set."

Baldwin served as principal for two years. His ouster and the re-staffing will change course at Myers once again.

Leaders say they had to switch intervention plans for Myers to be eligible for a new round of federal grants.

Ruth says for her 7th-grade daughter's sake, she may not be able to wait and see if it works.

"I do feel like the school is going to sink," Ruth said. "They had a plan and now everybody who was involved in making it better I believe they're removing so why would I keep her here?"

WDRB's Gilbert Corsey spoke to Baldwin, who declined to comment on camera, but he did say KDE's assessment does not take into account the short amount of time he's been there. He asked to come to Myers Middle School and, if given the choice, would have liked to stay.

KDE audited six low-performing JCPS schools and found only Myers needed a change in leadership.

Baldwin was still on the job when this story was written; no word on when he will leave or who his replacement might be.

JCPS leaders say Baldwin could end up at another school because he's been successful as a principal in the past.

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