Middle School Principal Reassigned Pending Investigation

Allegations include possible mismanagement of ASB money and complaints by some staff about a hostile work environment at Castle Park Middle School

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    A middle school principal in Chula Vista is being reassigned pending an ongoing investigation into how he ran his school. NBC7's education reporter Rory Devine has details. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014)

    A middle school principal in Chula Vista has been reassigned pending an ongoing investigation into how he ran his school.

    Castle Park Middle School Principal Bobby Bleisch was moved more than one week ago to the Sweetwater Union High School District’s planning department. NBC 7 has learned the district superintendent spoke to teachers at the school two Fridays ago and told them Bleisch was being reassigned.

    Through numerous sources, NBC 7 has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into Bleisch which includes a number of allegations, including possible mismanagement of Associated Student Body money and complaints by some faculty about a hostile work environment.

    Bleisch came over to Castle Park Middle School from Granger Junior High School two years ago, where he was the assistant principal.

    On Tuesday, parents were surprised to hear that Bleisch was not at school, saying they weren’t notified of the change.

    “We didn’t know that because they didn’t send anything home from the school, so we didn’t know,” parent Amanda Soto told NBC 7. “I want to know why. I’m pretty sure a lot of people want to know why.”

    Mother Q. Metoyier said the allegations about the principal are worrisome.

    “[It’s] concerning because you know, if there’s hostility between the staff you can imagine what it’s like for the students to see it,” she said.

    The outside law firm hired to conduct the investigation into Bleisch would not comment Tuesday.

    Because it is a personnel issue, the school district would only say that anytime there are allegations, it’s best to put the person at the center of the investigation on temporary reassignment for everyone’s benefit until the matter is resolved.