BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield City School District has had principal shuffles in the past--the board voted just this March to rearrange 10 of the 42 principals in the district for the next school year.
But the local NAACP says that this latest change at Emerson Middle School is not normal.
The local NAACP says Emerson Principal Kempton Coman has been unjustly demoted to the classroom this coming fall after 13 years of being a principal.
The organization says that despite the outpouring of of support from students and staff, BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin and the board of education unfairly targeted Coman, suggesting a personal vendetta by board member Dr. Fred Haynes.
Patrick Jackson, president of Bakersfield's NAACP says Coman turned around Emerson at a time when no one stepped up.
"Most people they may not remember but they need to know that no one wanted to take the position of principal at Emerson, No one...and he took on that task. The school didn't have any grass it looked like a correctional place there and he really changed the culture of how that place has been...the culture and the environment that it is today. Even teachers and staff, people like working there under the leadership of principal Coman," said Jackson in an interview with 17 News.
BCSD provided this response to 17 News today, saying it is "committed to the quality education of the students in our classrooms. Changes are necessary in order to accelerate student performance. Sometimes those decisions are unpopular but every move we make is in the best interest of kids."
The statement added that the district does not discuss personnel matters.
The NAACP will be holding a press conference this coming Monday at 6PM across from Emerson Junior High School to further state their case that Coman was treated unfairly.
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