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Connerton principal placed on administrative leave
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Connerton principal placed on administrative leave

Land O' Lakes, Florida -- Connerton Elementary School principal Anna Falcone was placed on administrative leave on March 22.

This is pending a recommendation for termination, after administration received information indicating that she had violated confidentiality and acted inordinately.  

“It was brought to my attention that Mrs. Falcone persisted in seeking confidential information after repeatedly being denied the information by her superiors,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “I cannot and will not tolerate such insubordination, especially when it brings into question the integrity of this school system,” he added.

In February, the district conducted climate surveys for all schools.  School staff, students, and parents were asked to respond to questions about school culture, communication, and collaboration, among other topics.  Respondents were assured that their names and responses would be kept strictly confidential.  

Mrs. Falcone was told by at least three administrators that she could not have access to the names of school staff members who responded to Connerton’s survey, yet she persisted and eventually obtained the names in an underhanded manner. Individual’s responses were not compromised.  In order to maintain the integrity of the survey process, and of the district and its administration, the superintendent made the decision to recommend her termination.

“We were working with Mrs. Falcone to address parental and staff concerns by assigning a principal coach and providing additional supports from the district.  Unfortunately, her actions related to the surveys constitute insubordination, violate district policy, and may violate the educator code of ethics,” Browning said.  

Until a permanent replacement can be selected, Aimee Boltz will serve as acting principal.  

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