ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A parking spot reserved for the principal of Carpenter Elementary in Ann Arbor has been empty for weeks as the Ann Arbor School District investigates alleged inappropriate behavior.
Principal Charles Davis, Junior, has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Some parents tell us 7 Action News it is alleged Davis had been mistreating personnel but they have been left with no answers.
According to parents, an email was sent out notifying them of the situation, but the but the letter did not elaborate on why Davis was under investigation.
“I’ve heard some comments from some parents about him but I thought he was good,” said grandparent Rubye Ogburn.
Some students told 7 Action News there is a void in the school since they have not seen Davis in the hallways.
“A bunch of people miss him. Iit would be really great if he came back,” said fifth grader Taha Abrahim.
“He was sort of mean but then we got over it,” said student Solomon Abrahim. “We sort of miss him.”
While parents aren’t sure what’s going on, many are relieved to know the school district is taking it seriously.
“We need to get to the bottom,” said parent Adry Abrahim.
The school district would not answer any questions from 7 Action News about the case. A spokesperson would only say they cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.
There is no word on when that investigation will be completed.
THE FOLLOWING NOTE WAS SENT HOME TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL ON MARCH 12:
Dear Carpenter Families,
Beginning today, March 12th, Principal Davis will be out on leave. We ask for your understanding that due to employee confidentiality, we cannot share details or comment further about the leave. In an effort to ensure support for the high quality education already underway at Carpenter, we have asked Mr. Ed Broom to step in as acting principal.
Mr. Broom has been the Assistant Principal of Scarlett Middle School for the past seven years and has served as interim principal at the elementary level for Ann Arbor Public Schools in the past. He holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and has over 23 years of teaching and leadership experience in education. We know that Carpenter Elementary School is in good hands with Mr. Broom and he looks forward to upholding the tradition of excellence at the school.
Please stop in to meet Mr. Broom when you are in the building and know that the fantastic Carpenter teaching staff will continue teaching and learning with your children in the same excellent manner moving forward.
Your partner in education,
Dawn R. Linden,
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
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