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Solomon said this week that he’s planning to ask the Brooklyn Center board, of which he is a member, to name a replacement.

STEVE BRANDT

 

Barton parents want scoop on new leader

The Minneapolis district is getting blowback from parents at Barton Open School about the hiring of a new principal.

The discontent arises from the timing, the lack of school participation and lack of information about the new principal’s background. The district filled the job with unusual speed — a mere three weeks.

The district’s announcement that Paul Scanlon would be Barton’s new principal wasn’t e-mailed to parents until around 7 p.m. Monday, hours after the news was posted on its website. That left parents scrambling to Google him, according to Julia Paulsen Mullin, co-chair of the school’s leadership council.

Scanlon is taking on Barton’s specialized open-education program as a brand-new principal. In fact, he’s not licensed as a principal yet, although district spokesman Stan Alleyne said the paperwork for that is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

That’s unsettling to parents who wonder whether Scanlon has any experience with open-school programs.

STEVE BRANDT

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