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Venice parents rally against expanding principal's role

March 31, 2009 | 10:31 am

Several dozen parents were protesting this morning what they said was a proposal to make the principal a part-time administrator at Broadway Elementary School in Venice.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is proposing that the school’s principal oversee several schools in the area, according to the parents.

“We need a full-time principal because our school is a full-time school,” said Rocio Hernandez, a mother of three boys who attend the school in Venice’s Oakwood neighborhood.

Cars passed along Lincoln Boulevard honking their horns in support as a parent beat a drum and others waved placards that read: “No 1/2 Time Principals,” and “A Whole School Needs a Whole Principal.”

LAUSD officials have said they face difficult choices in cutting the budget to deal with a fiscal crisis facing the district.

-- Robert J. Lopez