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Ramsay HS PTA discusses principal on leave, zoned school rumors

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Student Body President Jordan Kurtz addresses the crowd. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC Student Body President Jordan Kurtz addresses the crowd. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC
Students and parents take seats at the school for the meeting. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC Students and parents take seats at the school for the meeting. Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC
Ramsay High School. Source: WBRC video Ramsay High School. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It was a packed house Monday at Ramsay High School as hundreds of people filled the school's auditorium for a PTA meeting.

The main topic was the school's principal. Dr. Evelyn Nettles was placed on administrative leave last week.

During the meeting passionate high school students stepped to the microphone to share their concerns about their absent principal.

As they spoke cheers rang out in support of bringing her back.

"When I walked into her office later that morning I immediately felt what they felt. I felt robbed of our leader, our school leader," said Jordan Kurtz, Ramsay Student Government President.

As news of Dr. Nettles leave spread last week Kurtz said the mood changed on campus.

"It really resonated later in the day when you know teacher were distracted because they didn't know what to tell the students," said Kurtz.

When we asked why Dr. Nettles was on leave last week we were told it's "an internal administration issue."

Birmingham School Board President Randall Woodfin was at Monday's meeting. He said he has no information on her absence and adds there's a process when it comes to personnel issues.

"As a board member I haven't been part of that process yet so I am unaware of anything in regards to Dr. Nettles," said Woodfin.

Desiree Page has two kids who attend Ramsay.

"We loved Dr. Nettles and we've had all kind of accomplishments since she's been here and we're due an explanation as to what happened," Page said.

Page, along with hundreds of other parents, were asked to sign a petition to bring Dr. Nettles back. It's a push parents say they won't give up on.

Also in Monday's meeting was a short discussion of rumors spread that concerned the zoning of the school. A statement from Birmingham School's Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon said misinformation has been circulating. He assured parents through the letter that Ramsay will remain an alternative school.

Parents plan to attend the Birmingham school board meeting on May 13th to voice their concerns.

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