Oklahoma City middle school principal resigns after large-scale tardiness effort

Adys Regina Altstatt, principal of Jefferson Middle School in Oklahoma City, resigned Friday afternoon after school staff members spent three days rounding up and suspending students who were in the hall after the tardy bell rang.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

An Oklahoma City middle school principal has resigned in the wake of a large-scale effort to combat tardiness that left almost 100 students suspended.

Adys Regina Altstatt, principal of Jefferson Middle School, resigned Friday afternoon. Altstatt and school staff members spent three days last week rounding up and suspending students who were in the hall after the tardy bell rang.

Following the suspensions, four of the suspended students were arrested Tuesday on trespassing complaints after trying to return to the school.

The school has had a “serious problem with 100 and 200 kids being late to class every day,” according to a police report associated with the students' arrests.

School district officials did not provide a reason for Altstatt's resignation.

“The district has notified school staff and will communicate with parents to reassure them that teaching and learning will continue despite the change in leadership,” Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer said in a statement. “Because this is a personnel issue, additional information cannot be released publicly.”

District spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said last week that a majority of parents approved of the school's actions.

“The school said 99 percent were supportive of the suspensions,” Kennedy said.

However, an email statement from the school district sent out on Thursday seemed to question the principal's strategy for handling tardiness.

“Moving forward the OKCPS Administration will work with the building principal to work on using positive interventions to stress the importance of being on time,” the statement read.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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