TOLLESON, AZ - The principal of Copper Canyon High School in Tolleson is out of job at the end of the school year and students are outraged.
Nearly a hundred students demonstrated in front of the campus on Wednesday, holding signs of support to save Principal Alan Potts’ job.
Two weeks ago during a district meeting about his contract, Potts was given a moment to make a few comments and then he says without discussion, the board swiftly voted not to renew his contract at the end of the school year.
Potts says he was baffled by the move. "They can't meet without holding a public session, it's against the law, so I don't know how they all knew without having a conversation that they were all going to vote against me."
The principal says in the fall, a chronic illness set him back.
He says he informed the superintendent he was not able to finish his teacher and administrators evaluations, but committed to recruiting help to get them done.
After finishing the paperwork, Potts says in light of his illness, he was ordered by his boss to take leave for one month.
When he returned to campus, it was time for his evaluation and Potts says suddenly areas where he had received top marks even months before, had suddenly dropped to the lowest possible scores with no evidenced reasoning.
Potts is confused and pained by the decision. "I’m not losing my job, I’m losing my kids."
ABC15 reached out to the school district but they did not give a reason for the decision.
The district will only say Potts was not fired, rather he will not be renewed.
His job ends June 30 and he will not have another position with the district.