Pope started with DPS as a kindergarten teacher in 1999 and later became assistant principal at Ponitz CTC before leaving the district in 2012 for a job with Columbus City Schools.
Pope had just taken over as Meadowdale principal this summer.
Corr said Bob Buchheim, one of DPS’ two chiefs of schools, will serve as Meadowdale’s principal for now. Buchheim, the district’s former curriculum director, took the chief of schools post a month ago, and that job included overseeing most of DPS’ high schools.
Meadowdale also has an issue with its new assistant principal, Taylor Porter. The agenda for Tuesday night’s school board meeting shows a planned vote changing Porter’s assignment from assistant principal to “dean of students” at Meadowdale.
Porter was hired as assistant principal July 25, with school board approval Aug. 2. But the Ohio Department of Education website shows that his July 14 and Aug. 4 applications for a one-year Alternative Administrative License as a principal were both declined.
Corr said Monday night that Corr still has a class to complete, and that his principal’s license should be approved in December. In the meantime, he can serve as dean of students without that license.
“He is an up and coming, great young African-American male, and we need good, solid people,” Corr said. “So he’s going to be dean of students, because they still need the support here. We’re trying to recruit and retain great talent.”
Porter spent last year at Middletown City Schools, where spokeswoman Destini Burns said he was an intern through a state program to train new administrators. Prior to that, Porter worked for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.