FREMONT (KRON) — Parents, students and teachers allege the principal at Mattos Elementary School in Fremont rules by fear of intimidation.
On Wednesday night, that group said it had enough. At a board meeting, a formal petition was filed with the Fremont Unified School District, calling for new leadership at the elementary school.
KRON spoke with people on both sides of this argument, all desperate for a solution.
At the center of the storm is principal Liza Muzafery, who took over as principal at the school in Fremont at the end of the 2013 school year. And, she has remained in charge ever since.
A group of current students and parents at Mattos, as well as former teachers, are among the 106 people who have signed a petition, stating that the school once known for positive and strong leadership has morphed into a culture of belittling and bullying.
“We have a large attrition at that school of teachers who have left due to medical reasons,” parent Tawney Warren said.
One former teacher told KRON off-camera that Muzafery’s attitude caused so much stress, a doctor would not allow her to return to work. She has since transferred to another school in the district.
Still, not all are against Muzafery.
“She has been an intelligent, professional driven principal who has worked very hard for our students,” parent and school volunteer Aaron Cammarata said.
At a school board meeting, during the public comments section, at least a dozen people spoke out against Muzafery.
But three spoke in favor.
“During my time there, I worked with no one more fair than Mrs. Muzafery. She’s only doing her job,” yard duty supervisor Ryan Ghaith said.
Those in support say Muzafery has helped improved the curriculum, especially in science.
But that does not fall in line with the experiences of others.
KRON gave Mrs. Muzafery an opportunity to address these concerns, but she has yet to reply. The school district said it cannot comment on personnel matters.
But the district said any existing complaint that may have been filed will be looked at thoroughly as will any filed in the future.