Parents, students fighting Villa Madonna Academy restructuring

VILLA HILLS, Ky. - Parents and students of a small Northern Kentucky school are up in arms over the school's latest administrative decision.

A prayer rally was held outside the school Tuesday evening in support of two school principals who recently learned they won't have jobs next school year.

Last week, Villa Madonna Academy's high school principal Pam McQueen and elementary school principal Soshana Bosley were informed their positions are being eliminated, effective June 30.

School President Anne Maxfield says it's part of an "overall restructuring that commenced in July 2012." The school principals will be replaced by a chief academic officer.

"Once he or she is hired, there will be an assistant principal position to support the new chief academic officer and the school," said Maxfield.

It's just the latest change at the school.

In January, the grades K-6 recruiter and grades 7-12 recruiter positions were eliminated and merged into one position. In July, the K-6 athletic director and 7-12 athletic director positions were eliminated and merged into one position.

VMA parents, students and alumni will gather at St. Walburg Monastery Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., just before the school board meets to discuss the restructuring. They plan to stay outside the Northern Kentucky school during the board meeting, waving signs and praying over the school's latest decision.

In an email to VMA parents, those participating in the prayer rally were reminded to be reverent and respectful.

"The purpose of the Prayer Rally is to show our love and support for VMA, Mrs. Bosley and Mrs. McQueen as well as our opposition to the restructuring."

The rally was held despite a letter from VMA leaders asking people not to participate. School Board Chair Mary Paula Schuh and Monastery Prioress Sr. Mary Cathering Wenstrup signed the letter, which is titled "Prayers & Peace... Not Picketing".

More than 550 people have signed an online petition against the Villa Madonna restructuring.

Facebook pages have also been created in support for the two principals, titled "Save Mrs. McQueen," and "Save Mrs. Bosley."

Tuesday's board meeting was at 6 p.m. A parent forum is scheduled for Friday.

Villa Madonna Academy issued this statement to 9 On Your Side:

The Villa community is expressing their viewpoints both for and against the creation of a new Chief Academic Officer position whose role will be to serve as the leader for grades K-12 for a progressive academic, co-curricular and formational program for Villa Madonna Academy. The Board of Directors is grateful for the feedback regarding the changes that may occur as a result of the restructuring. The situation will be discussed at their meeting this week. 

There is no additional information to share.  Following the board meeting, another statement will be issued.

Stay with 9 On Your Side or KyPost.com for updates as they become available.

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