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Top Administrators Fired From Lord Baltimore Elementary

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OCEAN VIEW, Del.- A recorded message has created some concern in the Ocean View area. On Wednesday at around 6 p.m., a recorded message was sent to every family with students who attend Lord Baltimore Elementary School, telling them that the principal and vice principal would be removed from their positions immediately. The school district has not released the reasoning for this decision. 

Former Principal John Turssline had only been working as the head administrator for four months, since the beginning of the school year. Assistant Principal Melissa Oates was in that position for years before being released. 

Superintendent Susan Bunting told WBOC that the decision was not due to any criminal or safety reasons, but would not comment on any more details. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 21, two brand new officials will be taking over an interim role until replacements can be found. 

Former Indian River assistant superintendent Gary Brittingham will serve as acting principal and Ann Marie Logullo, currently assistant principal at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, will serve as acting assistant principal.

One of those parents who received the phone call Wednesday evening was Leah Fedder. She was at home with her two children aged five and four when the phone rang. Her husband picked up the phone to hear the message. 

"I was shocked," she said. "I was like 'You've got to be kidding me. He's brand new.'" 

Bunting told WBOC that this information might never be released, because she said personnel issues are rarely discussed publicly. But Fedder said that she would feel more comfortable with the situation if she knew more details about what happened within the school. 

"As parents, we should have answers as to why this went down," she said. "Just give us the answers. That's all we need to know and then we can move on." 

Others such as parent Melissa Humiston just want to move forward. She has one child at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. She said, so long as the case is not due to a criminal or safety problem, then she was not worried. 

"As long as it doesn't affect my daughter, I don't care," she said. 

The distric is currently looking for replacements for both positions. 

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