H-SHANDON

Oct 18, 2013 8:48 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Parents and students protest Shandon School Board

Several students at Shandon High School refused to go to class on Friday. They're upset with the sudden firing of the school's superintendent and principal, Rodney Wallace, and they're demanding answers.

"Bring back Wallace! Bring back Wallace!" shouted protestors standing across the street from Shandon High School.

Wallace was let go almost eight months before his contract was set to expire.

"They will not tell us anything. They would say, we can't answer that right now," said a frustrated Angela Contreras, a parent of a current student.

According to students we spoke with Friday, Wallace always had an open door policy.

"Mr. Wallace was the only one you could go up to and talk to, and he wouldn't judge you," said one student.

Jacqueline Echeverria graduated last June but when she heard about Mr. Wallace, she knew she had to do something.

"I know if my graduating class was here they would be supporting Mr. Wallace too," said Echeverria.

According to the school board, Wallace was let go Tuesday; however, he will continue to be paid for the remainder of his contract. During that same time, the district will also be paying interim principal and superintendent, Tom Apkarian.

"Where is all this money coming from, because if we have that much money, then we need to bring some other programs back to our school," said Angela Contreras.

KSBY asked the board to comment, or for any type of explanation they could give parents who are concerned about the campus. Officials continued to say they do not want to say anything on camera. They even asked us to leave campus, or they'd call police.

On Wednesday, KSBY spoke with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education which says it supports the board's decision.

Wallace had been with the district for four years. The Shandon School District includes Parkfield, Shandon Elementary, Middle and High School.

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