Simms reprimands DeVincentis


— Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis received a two-page reprimand from Superintendent Cyndy Simms earlier this week.

DeVincentis refused to discuss the nature of the reprimand, only confirming that he did receive one.

The reprimand came during a Tuesday meeting with Simms.

Citizens for Education co-chairman Scott Crouch and district Finance Director Dale Mellor also were at the meeting, according to Crouch.

Simms could not be reached for comment and board president Paul Fisher also refused to comment.

DeVincentis said he's concerned with his job security and hopes the school board deals with the matter objectively.

"I have initiated talking to a board member, hoping that board member will talk to other board members and investigate what's going on," DeVincentis said.

"I'm asking the board for help," he said. "I do not want the board angry with me."

News of the reprimand comes less than a month after the school board issued a 12-page statement meant to resolve a previous flap between DeVincentis and Simms.

The disagreement stemmed from a spring evaluation of DeVincentis by the superintendent. Simms gave DeVincentis three "unsatisfactory" scores on the evaluation and withheld a 4.5 percent salary increase because of the poor marks.

The board later granted DeVincentis his salary increase and a pay-for-performance bonus, but refused to change the three unsatisfactory scores.

The board also expressed its desire to keep both DeVincentis and Simms with the district.


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