Principal of Male High School under fire after accusations
And Friday's Site-Based Decision Making hearing in Male's library became the backdrop for the real issues parents wanted to vent.
"The level of anxiety, the level of stress, the level of complaints that I'm hearing are causing some concern," said SBDM council member Ben Wyman.
Parents are calling into question the leadership of Male's new principal, David Mike, whose first year is mired in an ongoing investigation into accusations of improper protocol on state standardized tests.
Parents say he's also unethical and unprofessional with students and staff and are concerned he's forcing faculty to leave.
"I think we were told being over staffed seven teachers, the counselors and it was just like, 'Whoa, what's going on here,'" said Tammy Newton, whose daughter will graduate in May.
She says the parents reached their boiling point after hearing Mike planned to eliminate three full-time counselors next year, even after a Male student committed suicide.
"At no time did we ever think about cutting services -- the plan was to increase our number in a cost effective way," Mike said.
Mike says he wanted to repurpose teachers into counseling positions and add part-time staff to save money.
But that violated union contracts.
So those at the Site-Based Decision Making hearing voted to return two counselors back to the budget and add a new position: College Access Resource Teacher (CART).
"We're told that we've got to make a decision today on what the counseling decision will be," Wyman said. "We didn't have a chance to talk to the counseling staff about what they want to see. That kind of input is critical. And I'm the policy maker and I don't get a chance to hear from them; I think that's foolish."
There is no teacher elimination, no teachers eliminated," Mike said.
No termination, but relocations are possible next year.
It's not the way Newton wanted her daughter's year to end.
"I wanted to step in for my child, who is a senior, but I also want Male to be held high in the regard and expectations that there needs to be," she said.