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Washington Principal Disciplined


In St. Landry Parish, some Washington parents are upset over the suspension of a long-time Washington elementary principal. Mary Ruby Fontenot was suspended for five days back in August. And it was all over returned letters.

Six St. Landry school's received an "F" for this past school year and Washington elementary was one of them.

And by law, principals must send letters to parents informing them of the letter grade.  However, nearly 50 letters from Washington elementary were returned.

And that's the reason why one woman, Verdia Lavergne says principal Fontenot was suspended and she doesn't feel it's fair.

Interim superintendent Joseph Cassmiere told TV Ten he could not comment on the circumstances surrounding Fontenot's disciplinary action.  However, he did say principals are required to deal with returned letters.

But, as the school year is just starting, Lavergne says Fontenot's sudden departure could not come at a worse time and she doesn't feel this is in the school's best interest.

"She was hired by the St. Landry Parish School board not the United States Postal Service to be a mail carrier and to hand deliver mail to all the kids in the community," said Lavergne.

 Interim superintendent Cassmiere says Fontenot's suspension is over; however she is now out on sick leave. And in the meantime, liaison supervisor Pat Mason Guillory is taking over the position.

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