A source confirmed that there were only two district administrative employees on the agenda, which means that the board has voted unanimously to terminate Jacqui Moore as the Davis High School Principal effective July 1, 2013.
The source did not know who the second administrative employee was, and the district could not comment as this was an administrative matter.
On Sunday, the Davis Enterprise reported that Davis High Principal Jacqui Moore told the paper she will not be returning as principal in the fall, citing “philosophical differences” between herself and the school board, but she declined to elaborate further than that.
Board President Sheila Allen told the paper, “There is no current plan to release any classified or certificated employee before the end of the school year, and the administration is bringing forward an annual review of administrators at this Thursday’s board meeting. If there is a decision, there will be a public announcement at that time.”
Ms. Moore originally believed that she was already terminated and terminated immediately.
The Vanguard received a message on Saturday which indicated, “Dr. Jacqui Moore has been informed that she will face a Board vote in closed session Thursday night to remove her from her post as DHS principal and place her, as of Friday, as a teacher in a classroom.”
However, the Vanguard later learned that Ms. Moore had misinterpreted that letter. Ms. Moore, according to the board policy, will receive a written letter of termination. It is not clear if she is merely out of the job as principal or whether she will be reassigned.
A board member directed the Vanguard to board policy on the termination and reassignment of administrators. According to board policy, AR 4313.2, “By March 15, an employee shall be notified by either registered mail or in person that he/she may be released or reassigned from his/her position for the following school year. If the notice is presented to the employee in person, the district shall obtain his/her signature acknowledging receipt of the notice on the district’s copy of the written notice.”
The policy continues, “If the March 15 notice indicates that release or reassignment is only a possibility, the Board of Education shall take additional action to release/reassign the employee before the new school year and shall send the employee a second notice by June 30 indicating that he/she has been released or reassigned.”
Finally, “If the employee is to be released or reassigned to a teaching position, the Board shall give the employee, upon his/her request, a written statement of the reasons for the release/reassignment. If the reasons include incompetence as an administrator or supervisor, the district shall have completed an evaluation of the employee within the 60-day period immediately preceding the notice date.”
There was a good deal of confusion as to what happened. In a statement from Jacqui Moore last Sunday that the Vanguard received via email, she said, “” I was informed that the board was going to let me go; now I have been told that that may not happen. Everything depends on what happens in the closed session at the Board meeting on Thursday.”
Ms. Moore came to Davis as the Davis High School Principal in August, 2010.
—David M. Greenwald reporting