Posted: 5:57 pm Monday, May 6th, 2013

Don Estridge High Tech Middle Principal Dave Benson reassigned 

By Allison Ross

Parents at Don Estridge High Tech Middle in Boca Raton were surprised today with a letter saying that Principal David Benson is being reassigned away from the school for the remainder of the school year.

The short letter to parents, which is posted on the school’s website, does not give an explanation for why Benson has been reassigned from his magnet school. UPDATE: However, district spokesman Jason Shockley said Benson is on “temporary reassignment pending the outcome of an employee personnel investigation.”

The letter says that Joe Peccia from the district’s area 1 office will handle Benson’s role for the rest of the school year.

The last day for students is a month from now, on June 6.

When reached by phone, Benson declined to comment and would not say where he has been reassigned.

Benson has been with the school district for 26 years. Before he came to Don Estridge in the fall of 2011, he was the assistant director with the district’s Safe Schools department.

Parents, were you surprised by this letter? Tell us about your school in the comments below.

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