Parents protest staff resignations at Prince of Peace school
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Parents of Prince of Peace students say they were told that the principal, dean of instruction, and a social worker all resigned.
Parents at the protest don't believe that. They think they were either forced out or were fired. Before the staff changes happened, many parents were already fed up with how the school was being run by the Seton Catholic Schools organization.
The parents say the school has gone downhill since the organization took over. They say the school has fewer resources and faculty working multiple roles. Parents met with the organization Wednesday wanting answers.
"Lots of parents showed up. Lots asked for or demanded the reason why these three individuals were let go. We weren't told anything that they just resigned and they wouldn't do that. These three individuals were dedicated, caring educators to our kids and they just wouldn't walk away from these kids," said parent Elizabeth Nolasco.
"Our teachers were very supportive. The teachers that we had. We had so many help. They were always there with us finding ways to help us, staying after school with us. Before we would have school libraries. Once Seton got in everything changed," said Casey Lopez, a former Prince of Peace student.
The parents at the protest say they want the faculty reinstated and they want the school to cut ties with Seton Catholic Schools.
Seton Catholic Schools released the following statement on the matter:
"We’ve had staff resign from Prince of Peace of School this week. Since all personnel matters are confidential, we cannot share additional information at this time. As a result, we implemented a leadership plan for the remainder of the school year to ensure our strong commitment to the faith formation, academic excellence and emotional wellbeing of our students and their families.
We informed parents immediately of this change. We sent home a letter and hosted a parent meeting this week for parents to share their concerns. Our focus for the remainder of the school year will be on the students and ensuring that they are academically prepared for the next school year."