Rally planned for principal on leave

Burroughs parents gathering at Lynnhurst Park

LYNNHURST — Supporters of a Minneapolis Public Schools principal placed on administrative leave last week after a confrontation with a School Board member will rally 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. tonight at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 W. Minnehaha Parkway.

Parents of Burroughs Community School students organized the rally in support of Principal Tim Cadotte, who some said had a heated verbal exchange with School Board Member Chris Stewart April 17. Cadotte was placed on administrative leave April 20.

Burroughs parents who spoke with Cadotte after the incident shared details of the confrontation. They said it included accusations of racism on both sides.

District acknowledged an investigation was underway but said they could not comment on personnel matters. Stewart also declined to comment when contacted by the Southwest Journal.

In an email to community members, Burroughs Site Council Co-Chair Kip Wennerlund encouraged those planning to attend the rally to focus on positive messages in support of Cadotte, rather than criticism of Stewart.

Burroughs is one of the best-performing schools in Minneapolis. It has made adequate yearly progress as required under the federal No Child Left Behind law every year since 2003 except one.

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association named Burroughs a Minnesota School of Excellence in November 2007.

Rally organizers planned to gather at the northwest corner of Lynnhurst Park near the intersection of 50th Street and Minnehaha Parkway.