The principal of Catalina Magnet High School will not return to the midtown campus next year after the TUSD Governing Board voted Tuesday night not to renew his contract.

Rex Scott was up for non-renewal as a result of his school receiving a grade of D from the Arizona Department of Education two years in a row.

While TUSD Governing Board members and Superintendent H.T. Sanchez sung Scott’s praises, calling him a valuable asset to the district, the recommendation for non renewal was approved 4-1. Board member Kristel Foster was the opposing vote.

Scott will now be eligible to apply for other TUSD openings.

Board Member Cam Juarez, who supported the non-renewal, said: “As a person who has been treated in such a way where the bar is lowered because I have a disability and came from a disadvantaged background, I can’t stand for that. I’m not alluding that’s the case, but I think the bar needs to be raised.”

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