Dallas school district Superintendent Mike Miles fired Rosemont Elementary School principal Anna Brining along with two other principals Monday, after district trustees voted to keep them.
Miles gave Brining a mediocre score on her annual review earlier this year. And the district has pointed out that Rosemont’s test scores are not as high as they should be. Some parents thought the firing was in retaliation for the school’s criticism of excessive testing.
Dallas ISD trustees last month voted to reject Miles’ proposal not to renew Brining’s contract and those of two others: Joy Morris of Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School and Dinnah Escanilla of North Dallas High School. But Miles has the ultimate decision.
Brining has worked for DISD 22 years, including 15 as principal of Rosemont.
DISD Trustee Eric Cowan released this statement on the firing:
I am disappointed to hear of Superintendent Miles’ decision to terminate the employment of the three principals, including Anna Brining, after the board voted to reject the recommendation for non-renewal. I recognize his authority to do so even though I don’t agree with the decision. As a Trustee, I did everything I could legally do in this situation. Unfortunately, the decision has been made and I will work with the administration and parent leadership on moving forward.
As a Rosemont parent, I know, first hand, the value Principal Brining brings to our community. She leaves behind a great legacy from her 15 years at Rosemont Elementary. Alongside many of you, she has built up Rosemont to where it is today. Like most of you, my daughter is at Rosemont because of the confidence [my wife] and I have in Anna’s leadership.
I wish her the best of luck.