Copeland Elementary parents split down the middle on new principal

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A year after a new principal was named at Copeland Elementary, there are already some wanting to see her go. But on Wednesday, a group of parents and teachers protested to support their principal, while the others looking to see her go headed to the Board of Education.

"We the parents of Copeland Elementary School, call on the Richmond County School Districts to keep Miss Kimberly Davis in her current position as Copeland Elementary Principal," said Renaldo Woolfolk, the PTA president for Copeland Elementary.

It's a dark cloud over a sunny school year at the school, which just hired a new principal.

"As a parent and a teacher, it just makes you feel bad because there's so much positive stuff going on in our school," said Jamie Richardson, a teacher at Copeland.

That's her attitude after multiple allegations of misconduct by her principal fell into her school's lap.

A group of parents are demanding she step down.

Dr. Frank Beckles Jr. is the organizer trying to get Davis out of the school.

"If it's an issue to where she is incompetent or just can't do her job, please step down," he said.

But teachers disagree, saying she's doing what she needs to do to help the children.

"I just wish a lot of parents would come out to see what's going on, rather than to listen to what someone else is saying," Richardson said.

This all started at the beginning of the 2013 school year when Davis first came to Copeland.

A teacher allegedly locked a student in a classroom closet, and Principal Davis fired her.

"It's just something that has come up, something unnecessary, something irrelevant," Richardson said.

Now, some parents are saying Davis doesn't have the children's best interest at heart.

But some at Copeland Elementary think otherwise.

"She's so caring to the kids, it's always about the children, whatever is in the best interest for the children, they always come first," Richardson said.

Parents like Charlina Blackwood were there on Wednesday, showing support for the principal.

"She's always happy, and she always shows Ethelina love," Blackwood said.

Love that she says makes her daughter Ethelina succeed at school.

"I think that the school is wonderful and did a great job with my daughter. She's very highly educated, succeeding, getting knowledge, and I can't ask for a better thing," she said.

A voice like many others who support their principal.

"I think she's doing her job, I think she's doing a good job, just give her a chance," she said.

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