JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A former Duval County principal that was recently demoted to assistant principal has been exonerated of her charges.
Sharon Sanders was a principal at Windy Hill Elementary for five years before allegations surfaced, and now that they've been cleared, she says said she wants her job back.
"All of a sudden there were these allegations that she had participated or done something wrong with the FCAT test," said Sanders' attorney, Tad Delegal.
Delegal spoke to Action News on her behalf. He says she was accused of failing to conduct training for the FCAT, but said the school board refused to conduct a proper investigation. Action News got our hands on the final recommendation, detailing the judge's ruling.
"He makes it clear that the investigation was incompetent and Sharon Sanders did absolutely nothing wrong," said Delegal.
Students at Windy Hill, and their parents, told Action News they miss her.
"Every time we did a big test, like a benchmark or something, she would call us in her office and congratulate us," said fifth-grader Michael Pineda.
"I wish they would let her come back," said parent Erica Nolan.
Action News spoke to Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti. He told us over the phone, "I disagree with the judge's decision. I respect it. I do believe Sanders showed a lapse in judgement when it came to the right testing environment."
Right now Sanders is a district reading coach in Duval County, so Action News asked Dr. Vitti if Sanders would get her job back as principal. He told us he didn't see that happening.
Dr. Vitti also said the school board will review the judge's recommendation, and will decide whether they reject it, accept it, or would like to modify it. He says said he doesn't see any decision being made at least until October's board meeting.