When the Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board voted 5-0 not to renew principle Cynthia Davis’ contract, many students appeared before the board to protest and give testament to the wonderful job she had done as principle. Some students and parents were so outraged that it took police intervention to draw them away from the board meeting.
It seemed as though the assertion that she was not getting her contract renewed because of her unsatisfactory, “leadership ability and style,” was not factually supported. Unfortunately the tears shed by students had no affect on the school board’s decision.
Things got even more interesting when it came out that Cynthia may have been released for her “lifestyle.” It is one thing when a principle openly displays her same sex attraction to students, and I can see why some (bigoted) people may find that to be unacceptable. It is another when a principle has a sexuality that she keeps to herself and does not encourage others to embrace her sexuality.
Neither of these were the case with Cynthia.
Cynthia had not only separated her private and professional life, but she had not been in a gay relationship since 2005. I find it appalling that a person can deemed corrupt for being true to their own sexual identity, especially when that person contributed as much as Cynthia did for her students.