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Superintendent: Decision to remove SCPA principal and artistic director not taken lightly

The SCPA at 108 West Central Parkway. (FOX19 NOW) The SCPA at 108 West Central Parkway. (FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

The decision to remove the principal and artistic director at the School of Creative and Performing Arts was not done lightly, the leader of Cincinnati Public Schools announced early Tuesday.

"The changes at SCPA announced this week support our sole goal: To ensure that SCPA is a place where every student receives a world-class academic and arts education," Superintendent Mary Ronan said in a prepared statement. "We are excited to implement changes in structure that we believe will allow SCPA's staff and students to flourish."

But students staged a protest Monday, waving signs and chanting outside the school. It was their first day back to class since Ronan announced Friday Principal Steve Brokamp and Artistic Director Dr. Isadore Rudnick were reassigned to new positions.

At least two dozen students participated in the protest. Some held posters reading “Reinstate Rudnick” and “Honk for Rudnick and Brokamp.”

"Based on the recommendations of the SCPA Oversight Committee, the Cincinnati Board of Education directed me to reassign the SCPA principal and artistic director for the 2015-16 school year,” Ronan said.

An SCPA committee is conducting a search for a new executive director for the school.

Steve Brokamp was appointed principal in 2011. Dr. Rudnick has been with the school since 2005.

"The city's love of SCPA is clear, and we are grateful to have such dedicated and knowledgeable staff, talented and passionate students, and a caring and involved community," Ronan said.

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