Trussville City Schools superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill requests leave of absence

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 3:21 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Trussville City Schools Board of Education voted Friday morning in favor to give Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill a paid 60 day leave of absence.

Today, public comment at the meeting lasted for over two and a half hours. Many people expressed concern of a death notebook and other scenarios of miscommunication that have caused issues.

One of just a few students that spoke was Junior Ethan Sumners. Sumners name was in the notebook, but he said the miscommunication was a bigger issue.

“I think they need to find a new superintendent so they can fix things at our school. Not just the lack of communication and transparency but like lunches, 504s, bullying, things like that.”

Trussville City Schools Meeting
Trussville City Schools Meeting(WBRC FOX6 News)

Many parents expressed their concerns about Dr. Neill and other safety issues that they have experienced. President of the board, Kathy Brown, and Vice President, Kim DeShazo said it was an emotional day with new information.

“It’s a start for improvement and now that we have heard, it turns to us for action. All we can do is take the information that we’ve learned today and act on it,” said DeShazo.

The board is planning to do an internal review of their communication policies.

In a statement given to WBRC, Neill said, “I appreciate the opportunity to take a leave of absence so the Board of Education can independently review this matter.”

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