LAUSD Relocates Miramonte Elementary School Staff

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A two-day closure went into effect at Miramonte Elementary School on Tuesday to enable the Los Angeles Unified School District to replace the entire staff following the arrests of two teachers on allegations of lewd acts and sexual crimes against students.

Qualified teachers on a placement or rehiring list will be brought in to Miramonte, which is located in the unincorporated Florence area, Tom Waldman, the district's director of media and communications, told City News Service. He said the displaced staff — including administrators, teachers, secretaries and custodians — will continue to be paid and will receive counseling.

Many or possibly all the school's teaching staff will eventually be returned to Miramonte, officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Schools Superintendent John Deasy announced the shakeup Monday night at a meeting that he and other district officials had with Miramonte parents at South Region High School #2, which is near the elementary school, to discuss the abuse attributed to 61-year-old Mark Berndt and 49-year-old Martin Springer.

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