After months of controversy over the firing of New Way Learning Academy's longtime principal, Dawn Gutierrez, the parents say they have taken back the school.
They've rehired the principal, elected a new board and are seeking accreditation. > New Way
, a K-12 school, maintains one teacher for every five to eight students and offers an individualized program for every child.Tuition is about $20,000 a year.
was abruptly dismissed from the non-profit in early March and given no reason, the act set off an exodus.
Through an attorney, Gutierrez
signed a letter releasing school-board members from any liability and allowing them to publicly divulge the reason.They declined.
In support of Gutierrez
, one parent even pledged the full amount in advance for four years of his
A new board was elected, Gutierrez
was given the "head of school" title and plans for relocating became obsolete."All of us have gone through some challenges and changes, and now we can focus on the positive and move forward," said Gutierrez, who started as a teacher at the school 20 years ago and held the principal position for 13 years.
is looking forward to the school's seeking accreditation and said she's
honored by the parents' and teachers' support.
"We can celebrate this amazing experience of those who joined together on a united front to make the school a better place," she