I cannot say I know the complete story but I am fairly sure of what issues have arisen.
- clashes between the principal and staff over passing out and collection of staff surveys. Apparently some staff felt it was not handled properly and the principal called out a couple of teachers (SEA) who were sitting together. I know that SEA has gotten involved as there are strict rules over who can handle the surveys and they apply to principals as well as teachers.
- the BLT (Building Leadership Team). Apparently the principal dissolved the duly elected BLT and reconstituted it without notice, taking a couple of people off. There are Lowell BLT by-laws about who serves and how the committee is constituted and it appears Mr. King may have thought he was the final arbiter on this issue. Even if he were, there would have to have been an election and no one has come forward to say one occurred.
- Four APP teachers have announced they won't return and other teachers apparently are hoping to be transferred. The building has also been without a speech therapist for nearly half the year allegedly over a personnel conflict with the principal.
- It is alleged (although there have been witnesses a couple of times) that the principal will threaten to call school security and/or police if he wants to intimidate anyone who continues to disagree with him.