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A3 parents speak out at school board meeting

Parents expressed frustration over the district's handling of the A3 sex abuse scandal and its aftermath.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 12:03 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A large group of parents, students, and teachers flooded the Springfield school district meeting on Monday night, expressing frustration over the administration's handling of the sex abuse scandal and its aftermath at the Academy of Arts and Academics.

Some parents said they were worried that the decision to revoke A3's charter would have a major impact on the school. For example, some teachers at A3 do not have standard teaching credentials which will now be required. They also questioned with the school's curriculum might change.

One parent suggested that communication between the school board and A3 parents has been poor.

"They should spend some time actually at the school," Myndi Kacir, parent of an A3 freshman, said. "And I think they have to open up communications with parents. Hearing things secondhand through mediators, having three minutes to talk about it in a meeting...they're not going to get what's important."

The board did not respond to the parents tonight or take any action on A3.

The trouble at A3 stems from accusations that its former principal, Michael Fisher, sexually abused a student beginning in 2006 and lasting for several years.

Fisher committed suicide in his home on Feb. 1.

On March 12, the Springfield school board announced it would revoke A3's charter, effective June 30. The school would then become an alternative high school under the control of the school board.

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