to Peak board breaks silence, calls ex-principal Noelle Roni's
Noelle Roni, who was the elementary school principal at Peak to Peak until her sudden departure Friday, Nov. 1. (Boulder Valley School District website)
After refusing to disclose any details this month on the departure of former Peak to Peak elementary school principal Noelle Roni, the Lafayette charter school's Board of Directors called her claims of a hostile work environment "baseless" in an email sent to parents Wednesday.
The board also confirmed that Roni
Peak to Peak board president Thomas Willetto wrote in the email that while the school was advised by legal counsel not to say anything about Roni's departure, the ensuing outcry from parents forced board members to address the decision to fire Roni, which was made by Kelly Reeser, Peak to Peak's executive director of education.
The email did not disclose why Roni
In talking to the Daily Camera, Roni -- who was a principal at the school for eight years -- has said she was let go in retaliation for "standing up for children's rights and against activities that stigmatized children."
At a board meeting last week, police had to be called after the Board of Directors left a meeting without answering angry parents' questions about Roni
, and parents started petitions seeking the recall of two members of the Board of Directors.
On Saturday, a letter signed by 16 parents that outlined the rationale for a recall was emailed to the Peak
to Peak board asking Roni
be reinstated, Reeser resign and the board's legal counsel to be fired.
"We don't know why Ms. Roni
was fired," he
"The last objective evidence we have is that she
did well on her
The email sent to parents Wednesday noted that the board understood that the decision to fire Roni
in the middle of the school year would lead to disruption.