Farmersville principal put on paid leave

By Reggie Ellis

Another administrator has fallen victim to Farmersville Unified School District's political strife.

Farmersville Superintendent Janet Jones placed high school principal Carols Vega on paid administrative leave for personnel issues on Dec. 14. Jones said the board will likely have a third party investigate the personnel issues. Vega, whose resignation was denied by the school board in October, said he could not comment, but did offer the following statement.

&#8220This is all part of the political environment in this district,” Vega said. &#8220All I can say is that not everything is as it appears to be.”

Vega was originally hired as superintendent on July 1, 2004, following the firing of Jones after she was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 13, 2004. Vega was fired two weeks later and the district went through two more superintendents before Jones was rehired in November 2004.

Despite being fired as superintendent during the tumultuous time, Vega chose to return to the school district after being offered the assistant principal position at Farmersville High School.

&#8220I thought I could make a difference, and I think have,” Vega said about returning to the unstable school district. &#8220I think I have provided strong leadership and created a stabilized environment.”

Vega became principal after Robert Taylor left the position on April 14, 2005. But after less than six months on the job, Vega handed in a letter of resignation on Oct. 3, 2005 saying he was frustrated with the job but did not give any details as to why. His resignation would have taken effect on Dec. 31, but the board of trustees voted 4-1 to deny his resignation. Jones said the board was adamant that Vega fulfill his contract which does not end until June 31, 2006.

&#8220The board's view was that he was hired for a job and was expected to finish it out,” Jones said.

Vega is the high school's fourth principal in five years. Jones said that assistant principal, Nancy Ruble, will be handling the duties of principal until the board has made a decision on the matter. As of press time, no action had been taken by the school board.

The FUSD Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Jan. 10, after press time.

&#8220I hope to be back in the principal position soon,” Vega said.

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