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Jeremy Ranch principal terminated

Frank FisherJeremy Ranch principal Michelle Wallace was notified Monday, March 12 that she would be terminated at the end of the school year, according to Kim Carson, president of the Park City board of education.

Wallace, when contacted, said the matter is still being negotiated, but would not comment further.

Likewise, Carson refused to discuss the reason for termination, as it is a personnel issue, and as such, "we are legally obligated to protect her rights as an employee."

Carson said Wallace is entitled to due process, saying that she has the right to request an informal meeting with acting superintendent Tom Van Gorder, and she can then request a hearing with the board. "In general terms, any one employee who has been terminated has that right.

Tim McConnell, the district’s head of Human Resources, had no comment, also because it is a personnel matter "It’s a process that hasn’t come to full conclusion. That’s all I can say."

Jeremy Ranch Parent Teacher Organization president Colleen Nuffer said, "Michelle was terminated as a result of ‘conduct not befitting a Park City employee.’"

Although Nuffer would not detail any events, she did say Wallace "acted in the best interest of the children in the class. As far as we know, she’s had a perfect record in her 18 or 19 years."

Nuffer said she and the other members of the Jeremy Ranch PTO "support our principal, and would like to see her stay."

Nuffer said she was in e-mail contact with Van Gorder, who she said told her there was a due process that has to happen. "We hope to overturn that." She said she hopes to get at least four out of the six PTO board members to attend the March 20 district board meeting in support of Wallace. "We want to get more information," she said. "We want to get the board to review this decision and overturn it that would be our ultimate goal."

"I understand in the business world ‘policy is policy,’ but with 19 years of unblemished service with nothing in the past to warrant action I’d like to see a reprimand or warning but losing one’s job, that’s pretty dramatic."


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