The Tucson Unified School District is recommending that contracts not be renewed for four principals in charge of schools that are at risk of being labeled failing.  

The principals — Mark Alvarez of Manzo Elementary School, Heidi Aranda of Ochoa Magnet School, Rex Scott of Catalina Magnet High School and Cindy Shepard-Mady of Utterback Magnet Middle School — are part of a list of 24 principals and assistant principals representing 19 schools that will go before the Governing Board Tuesday.

All four schools have been identified as D- schools two years in a row by the state Department of Education, putting them at risk of being labeled failing and having to go through the school improvement process should they be receive a D again.

“This is something we have to do,” said TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone. “If achievement is not where it needs to be, we’re doing a disservice to our children.”  

Because the grades will be based on test scores from the current academic year under the leadership of the current principals, the district may reverse its decision if the schools improve and are able to shed their D- status. 

Read the rest of this story in Monday's Star.