School board employees learn their contracts will not be renewed


Nine administrators in Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) learned on May 24 that their contracts will not be renewed for the next school year, and a Facebook campaign is rallying behind at least one of them, Glen Springs Principal Deanna Feagin.

The following employees learned that their contracts were not renewed:

  1. Thomas Cowart, Director-Construction & Maintenance
  2. Deanna Feagin, Glen Springs Elementary Principal  
  3. Chauncey Freeman,  Supervisor II-Information Support
  4. Donna Kidwell-Diehlman, Director, Executive-ESE/Student Services
  5. William McElroy, Director II-Career/Technical Education
  6. Raina Rivera, Supervisor I-Food & Nutrition Services
  7. Michelle Shelar, Supervisor II-Health Services
  8. James TenBieg, Supervisor II-Exceptional Student Education
  9. Paul White, Assistant Superintendent-Operations

Feagin’s email to a Glen Springs email list has been made public; in the message, she says she learned of the non-renewal via a hand-delivered letter.

Feagin’s supporters are using the #standwithDeanna hashtag to express their support for her:

Jackie Johnson, Public Information Officer for ACPS, sent Alachua Chronicle the following statement: “The Superintendent is focused on raising student achievement, promoting equity, and providing students with the programs and services they need to be successful. The district is about to begin a community-wide process of ‘reimagining’ schools to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education. There is also a lot of work to be done to help students to get back on track as we come out of the pandemic. Reorganizing the district’s leadership team is essential to accomplishing all those goals. Employees who have been non-renewed for their current positions do have the opportunity to apply for other jobs within the district.”

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ACPS Superintendent Carlee Simon will be presenting her reorganization plan at a workshop on Wednesday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m.