Prairie Crossing Principal On Administrative Leave
Some parents are questioning why Brian Greene, principal of Prairie Crossing Charter School, was placed on administrative leave Nov. 30.
The reason why Brian Greene, principal of Prairie Crossing Charter School, was placed on administrative leave this week was not shared by school officials.
PCCS Director Nigel Whittington confirmed that Greene was placed on administrative leave during Wednesday's school board meeting. He refused to comment if it was a paid leave, how long the leave would last or whether there would be any investigation or hearing. He declined any further comment to Patch due to "labor laws."
Some parents are left wondering what happened to Greene, and why.
During the Nov. 30 board meeting, there was a Closed Session called for the following purpose, according to the agenda:
Discussion related to 5ILCS 120/2(c) 1-The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employee(s) of the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee to determine its validity.
- Discipline or Dismissal of Staff
Greene is still listed on the school's website. According to the site, he has been with PCCS since July 2008. It also states that in 2009, Greene became the facilitator for the Illinois chapter of the Green Schools Network, working to connect charter schools thorughout the state.
There had been concern as to whether the school board would renew Greene's last contract or not earlier this year, and Greene asked for an early decision. Several parents and school children rallied to Greene's defense and the board gave him a one-year contract for this school year.
With the school year only halfway through and Greene now on leave, however, the state of that contract is unknown.