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Caddo superintendent addresses Fair Park principal change

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Caddo Superintendent Goree addresses concerned Fair Park High parents Caddo Superintendent Goree addresses concerned Fair Park High parents
James Outley, Fair Park HS principal James Outley, Fair Park HS principal

Caddo Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree spent about an hour taking questions at Fair Park High Monday evening, nearly all of which centered on the decision to replace Principal James Outley

"I wasn't surprised tonight to hear their comments and the support that they've shown me," Outley said of the couple dozen parents and students at this evening's meeting. "I've been getting it ever since I've been here."

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The previously-scheduled public forum came only hours after about fifty students protested Outley's removal during school hours.

Bruce Daigle will replace Outley for the 2014-2015 school year, despite Outley's popularity.

Outley's supporters say he's made progress in less than a year on the job and wanted to know why he wasn't given more time in the high school's top leadership position.

Keisha Hill has two children in Fair Park High and spoke up for Outley on multiple occasions.

"No one came to us and asked us what is our opinion on what leadership should be here at Fair Park," Hill said.

Goree could not give specifics for legal reasons, but he did say replacing certain personnel was a stipulation of the district's contract with Recovery School District.

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"I do feel very well received by the community," Goree told KTBS 3 News after the meeting. "I'm really happy that I was able to come and hopefully address some of their concerns."

Goree said parents will hear more about Fair Park's future during the district's press conference scheduled for 10 AM Tuesday.

Fair Park's gone through three principals in five years. Daigle previously served as principal at Fair Park High about six years ago.

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