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Protest of HPHS Principal’s Departure Planned for Tuesday Morning

Parents and students are upset that Brad Swanson is leaving to take a position with another school district.

A protest is planned for Tuesday morning at Highland Park High School to show displeasure over the departure of Principal Brad Swanson.

Swanson, who has been principal at HPHS for six years, is leaving to become assistant superintendent for human resources at District 225, which is comprised of Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools.

Parents and former staff members packed a District 113 board meeting earlier this month to criticize the board for not putting up a fight to keep Swanson, and expressing concern about low morale at the school, according to an article in the Higland Park News.

An online petition, titled “HPHS Needs Brad Swanson,” has collected more than 750 signatures. It asked people to sign to “send a message to the District 113 Board that Highland Park High School needs Brad Swanson.”

Tuesday’s protest, dubbed Save Swanson, is called for 7:15 a.m. at the school’s main entrance. Protestors are being asked to wear school gear and to “bring or borrow a picket sign,” according to the Facebook event page. More than 350 people say they are planning to be there, according to the Facebook page.

Students are also using the hashtag #SaveSwanson on social media.

“Never had a principal that cares this much about the happiness and well being of his students,” one wrote on Twitter.

You can scroll through other SaveSwanson Tweets in the box above.

You can read the full Highland Park News story here.

You can see the online petition here.

You can see the Facebook event page for Tuesday’s protest here.

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Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther May 13, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Maya, I am curious how you (or anyone else) knows that Brad was forced out as opposed to taking a position that will lead him into a Superintendent's position. As far as I know Brad has not said anything one way or another. Until he does, I am not going to make a judgement or believe rumors one way or another. I hope he clarifies the situation publically.
Dan Cox May 13, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Another sign that Highland Park is going to the Dog eat Dogs.
Stu Pidasso May 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Tripp; are you serious???????????
Stu Pidasso May 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM
I'm proposing we wipe the school board slate clean and elect a whole new board, and start over. It cannot get much worse than what we now have...
Alexa Raye May 14, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I fear this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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