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Dewey school principal reassigned

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Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy this afternoon told parents of Dewey Elementary School students that the school's principal, Andrew Krugly has been reassigned to the district's central office.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy this afternoon told parents of Dewey Elementary School students that the school's principal, Andrew Krugly has been reassigned to the district's central office.

Murphy said the interim principal, Patricia Mitchell, who's been filling in for Krugly during his recent absence from the school, will continue to serve for the remainder of the school year.

Murphy says he and other district administrators and board members will attend a meeting with parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in the Dewey library.

He added that he knows parents have been "concerned about Mr. Krugly's well-being and when he would return to assume his responsibilities" at the school and that parents would be informed "in a timely fashion" as decisions are made "concerning the leadership at Dewey for next year."

Krugly, who's been principal at Dewey for more than a dozen years, and who has written on improving student behavior and achievement, was criticized a few years ago by some parents who complained he was overly harsh in disciplining minority students.

But an independent review by a law firm hired by the school district cleared him of that charge, and of an allegation that he'd unfairly fired an African-American teacher.

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