MINNEAPOLIS - After just days on the job Minneapolis schools superintendent has removed Washburn's new principal amid allegations made against him involving his former position as leader of a charter school and the testing of students there.
Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said in a statement that issues surrounding Patrick Exner's hiring had created too much of a distraction that she says they "cannot allow to continue."
"We are glad that the issue was brought to our attention, although we would have preferred to learn of any possible issues of concern during the hiring process and before the job offer was made," Johnson said in a statement. "Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) conducted a thorough hiring process for the Washburn principal position, including references calls, and nothing surfaced as a potential problem."
Exner was placed on administrative leave his second day on the job at Washburn.
Assistant Principal Linda Conley will be the interim principal while they search for a new principal.
The 2012-2013 school year was a turbulent one at Washburn, marked by a racially charged incident involving the symbolic hanging of an African American baby and the removal of Washburn's longtime principal Carol Markham-Cousins.
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