" We have huge concerns over our current school board and some of the decisions that they're making", said Oroville High School Parent Jennifer Long.
Parents at Oroville High School are fed up. They say the school goes through principals far too quickly, and they want some stability. " That then becomes the time when you need to start looking at people above your school administrators. Looking at your superintendent, check out your board, the hiring practices, there must be something wrong there", explained Long.
At a recent school board meeting, parents and teachers learned principal Chuck Tracy's contract may not be renewed. " One of the teachers stated at the school board meeting last week that in the 18 years he's been a teacher at Oroville High School, they've gone through 8 principals", said Long. Danielle Klein, also a parent of a student who attends the school added, " You have to start asking yourself why is this happening".
We asked that same question to superintendent Dr. Oran Roberts. Under his leadership over the past nine years, three principals have come and gone. Roberts said he couldn't comment on the Tracy situation because he's not allowed to discuss personnel issues, but says the district maintains high standards for all employees. That's little consolation for those who want Tracy to stay, and they're showing their support anyway they can. " To hear that one of our best and most visible principals in the last 25 years is in jeopardy of losing his job is shocking", said Oroville High School Senior Sarah Brandt. Matt Soudan, also a senior at the school added, " I think that if they change the principal he'd have to start all over again...building trust and everything". Long also said " I would love to see a principal actually retire from Oroville High School instead of actually being run out".
We also received an anonymous call late this afternoon from someone who said many parents and teachers actually want Tracy to go, but he couldn't cite any specific reasons why.