Fired Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey is appealing her dismissal by the school board last week.
The board voted not to renew her contract after she reportedly made an announcement that students were not to speak Spanish on the campus. She was put on administrative leave after Supt. Delma Flores Smith said the administration received complaints about the announcement. Some of those calls came from the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Lacey is hiring lawyer Mark Robinett to represent her in a hearing before the board.
Robinett has disputed reports that Lacey banned Spanish everywhere on the campus. Robinett says there were no consequences for speaking Spanish on the campus in class. He says the she was simply encouraging her students to speak English as much as possible, especially in class.
Flores-Smith said her recommendation not to renew Lacey’s contract was based on more than the intercom announcement.
Flores-Smith released a statement saying the administration in Hempstead 0received numerous calls asking why the students were not allowed to speak Spanish. Flores-Smith said Lacey failed to fulfill her duties, showed incompetence, inefficiency and an inability to maintain discipline in the school. She did not cite specific examples of the characteristics.