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Cabrillo High School principal placed on administrative leave

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Cabrillo High School students and their parents are left wondering why the school's principal was placed on administrative leave Thursday.

Staff members at the school in Vandenberg Village were notified of the decision in an emergency meeting Thursday morning by Lompoc Unified School District, according to assistant superintendent John Karbula.

District officials are being tight-lipped about the situation. They say placing principal Jeff Wagonseller on administrative leave is a personnel matter.

Wagonseller's parking spot was vacant Thursday. Some parents were surprised and concerned the district did not tell them the circumstances behind the abrupt decision.

"It's very alarming," said one parent, who asked not to be identified. "Especially when it concerns our children. They should immediately inform us there is something going on. To me, keep the parents at ease. Right now, we are in limbo, we are in the dark. We don't even know what's happening."

School officials denied KSBY News' request for an on-camera interview, only saying they aren't discussing the circumstances surrounding Wagonseller's leave because it is a personnel matter, and that assistant principal Sue Pettis will be filling in as interim principal.

The school district said it will be sending a letter home with students on Friday regarding what happened Thursday. Karbula said the letter was completed late Thursday afternoon but there was not enough time to translate it before students went home. All letters the district sends home must be translated, he said.

Wagonseller has been the principal at Cabrillo High School since 2014.

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