TAVARES, Fla. - Parents gathered to picket Monday night's Lake County School Board meeting to express their outrage over the principal of Lost Lake Elementary School in Clermont being transferred, but their efforts didn't work.
The school board decided to go ahead with the move.
A group of mothers from the Lost Lake Elementary PTO gathered to express their displeasure with the transfer.
"She's their top principal and they're going to punish her by taking her away from her community and her school that she built. It's deplorable," said parent Lisa Casaburi.
Parents are angry that Principal Rhonda Hunt, who they said has led the school to an
A rating, will be transferred to F-rated Eustis Heights Elementary. Even Lost Lake teachers are speaking up.
"Everybody is upset about it because Mrs. Hunt is the heart and soul. It's like taking the engine out of a well-oiled machine. You can put another engine in it, but you're not sure how it's going to go," said teacher Shantelle Rieves.
A district spokesman said Superintendent Susan Moxley wants Hunt to turn around a foundering school, but parents at Lost Lake said it's not fair to take her away, especially since she's just two years from retirement.
Those parents said that is not enough time to fix another school.
Along with their PTO parents, some of the children who attend Lost Lake made signs supporting their principal and sending the school board a message.
"I think we're going to have enough support for them to realize, the school board to realize, that it's a mistake," said Casaburi.