Moore Traditional principal Vicki Lete named assistant principal at duPont Manual High

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Moore Traditional principal Vicki Lete will become an assistant principal at duPont Manual High School next school year following a determination by the state that Lete does not have the capacity to lead turnaround efforts at the middle school level at Moore. 

Lete, who has been principal at Moore since 2008, could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Jerry Mayes, the principal at Manual, could not be reached for comment on Monday. Manual had been searching for an assistant principal since February when Darryl Farmer was named principal at Ramsey Middle School.

In March, a review by the Kentucky Department of Education found that Lete does not have the capacity to lead Moore's turnaround efforts.

Last month, Moore's Site-Based Decision-Making council decided it would not appeal the state's decision.

Lete had previously told WDRB she wanted to remain at the school. At the April 18 SBDM meeting at Moore, she made a recommendation that she stay as Moore's high school principal and that they hire an additional principal to lead the turnaround efforts at the middle school.

"I am a qualified principal with proven track record of achieving academic success," Lete said during the meeting. "The audit says I don't have the ability to lead intervention and should not remain principal of Moore Traditional Middle. It did not address our high school. Our high school had no stakes in the game. The decision affects the whole school."

Moore Traditional serves both middle and high school students in grades 6-12, but it was Moore's middle school that was identified by the Kentucky Department of Education as a persistently low-performing school in 2015.

Priority schools are those that haven’t met annual goals for three consecutive years and whose overall performance – as measured mostly by test scores -- places them in the bottom 5 percent of the state. To shed the label, they must show three consecutive years of meeting goals and climb out from the bottom 5 percent.

Lete was also sued in June 2014 by a teacher who alleged years of discrimination.

However, according to court records, that lawsuit was dismissed March 23 for "lack of prosecution."


Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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