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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Former Hardy principal Patrick Pope headed to Savoy ES

By Bill Turque

There was considerable skepticism from Hardy Middle School parents in December 2009 when former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced that she was reassigning principal Patrick Pope . She explained that he was the ideal choice to begin planning a new arts middle school magnet. Critics saw it as a contrivance to ease the removal of the flinty veteran administrator, who did not reach out to Georgetown and Palisades neighborhood families as vigorously as Rhee wanted. Hardy draws a largely citywide enrollment.

Pope was assigned a cubicle at DCPS central offices last summer, reporting to Josh Edelman, deputy chief for school innovation. But it quickly became apparent that the city's budget predicament rendered the arts magnet a non-starter. Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson made that official Monday by assigning Pope to finish out the school year as an interim replacement for Savoy Elementary princpal Anne Evans, who is on medical leave. He starts at the Anacostia neighborhood school Tuesday.

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By Bill Turque  | February 28, 2011; 4:49 PM ET
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Okay, the point is or was? Is this a better late than never juncture? Really, does this make any sense that you move a principal to a cubicle then months/year later you reassign him to a position that is only vacated because the employee is on sick-leave. Talking about being slow and deliberate.

Please next time, just go on and pick someone from the family-tree and put them into any and all vacant principal the old times. Surely, there's someone in Mayor Gray's entourage worthy of having a family member assume or acquire a principal position with superior qualifications.

One good thing is that Pope is in a school that has had the facilities updated.

Posted by: PowerandPride | February 28, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

One can trace the Fall of the House of Rhee to Hardy.

Posted by: edlharris | February 28, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I would be HONORED to work for Patrick Pope, and will so apply.

Posted by: mrpozzi | February 28, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Richard Whitmire will be invited to comment in the Post that allowing Mr. Pope to be principal is a step backwards?

Posted by: edlharris | February 28, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Well Mr Pope I got a Bared Notice from Kaya Henderson its funny but I,m doing am interview with fox 5 I'm also meeting with the Counsel members to also let them know this Frund of a Chancellor need to GO ASAP and I have a tape I will let the public know about the Pinder situation it's so sad that this cult is allowed so much power I have to say Meyor Gray get rid of her she only taught 2years in Mount Vernon and she taught Spanish how just how does she Qualify to be able to run a school

Posted by: Darksecrettt | February 28, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I would like to personally thank Michelle Rhee for being an autocratic bonehead and making the ill-advised move to remove Principal Pope from a position he was excelling at. If she hadn't done that, then we may have actually had to put up with Fenty for a second-term. Getting rid of Pope pissed off enough people to the point that she cost Fenty his re-election campaign. So thanks, Michelle... we appreciate it!

Posted by: thebandit | February 28, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

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