Chris Petley, the LCS Communications Coordinator, in a text message to TR, said that LCS officials were at Cobb Middle School today to look into allegations by parents and that Principal Hembree was not at school. He also said that Superintendent Rocky Hanna was at the school to talk to parents and teachers.
Also, Petley – who previously said he did not know why Hembree was out today – told TR she took a personal day.
Petley’s statements on Hembree are not consistent with multiple independent sources who told TR Hembree was on administrative leave.
Petley said that no decision has been made with regards to any administrators.
Chris Petley, the LCS Communications Coordinator, has told Tallahassee Reports that Superintendent Rocky Hanna met at Cobb Middle School today to address the investigation. He also said that Principal Hembree was not at school today, but said he does not know why.
Petley told TR that Hembree had not been relieved of her duties at the school. TR asked if Hembree was suspended and has yet to receive a response.
Days after the Leon County School (LCS) Board attorney acknowledged the existence of an investigation into administrative actions at Cobb Middle School, multiple sources have told TR that Cobb Middle School Principal, Sarah Hembree, has been removed.
Sources confirm that Superintendent Rocky Hanna took the action today.
The investigation came to light after a parent of a Cobb Middle School student addressed the LCS Board at the April 23rd LCS Board meeting held at Pineview Elementary School.
Ms. Chaquita Wesley, during the citizen comment section of the agenda, provided a handout to the Board members and began her remarks by saying she was at the meeting to speak because she was not getting any response to emails she was sending to Board officials.
Wesley stated “that my daughter with dozens of other students had their school choice revoked not because of attendance but because of the principal and assistant principal’s personal views on their race.”
Other sources have indicated that Ms. Hembree was not the only administrator removed from the school.
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