Bird Rock Elementary principal Amanda Hale 'taking time off' following parent allegations

Bird Rock Elementary School Principal Amanda Hale has taken a leave of absence following job performance allegations that have come to light this week, the San Diego Unified School District has announced.

A letter dated Feb. 14 from Area Superintendent Mitzi Merino states Hale will “be taking some time off to spend with her family,” effective immediately.

Former Muirlands Middle School Principal Chris Hargrave will serve as interim principal.

Parents say Hale has failed to address some students’ special learning needs, failed to provide a safe environment for students, and reportedly told a teacher not to report a case of inappropriate touching in the classroom, among...