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Bridges Preparatory Headmaster Says of Charter: "I probably won't ever even read it"

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Bridges Preparatory School got off to a shaky start after the resignation of Headmaster Melesia Walden. In an emergency meeting on Sunday, its school board appointed retired teacher, Bernie Schein, as Headmaster Interim. 

However, some parents are not confident in the new leadership, and are calling for resignations from the school board and the reinstallation of Walden. 

Among parents' concerns is the adherence to the school's charter. 

"You know that charter? I probably won't ever even read that," Schein said. 

Amy Painton says this is worrisome. She is one of the parents who wrote the charter. 

"The charter is a contract in essence," Painton says. "Part of our charter that we wrote is about character education. Integrity, mindfulness, accountability, and respect." 

Painton says the charter is an agreement, approved by the state, that the board has deviated from. One reason she cites, is because parents could not comment at Sunday's meeting. 

"I was really disappointed in that the board would not allow us to comment on our feelings on losing Melesia Walden," she says. 

But Schein says his method to teaching at the school is an unconventional one, and he feels the school board aims to please everyone

"They want the teachers to be absolutely happy so that the kids will be happy and the parents will be happy, which is the most important thing," Schein says. 

Painton plans to petition the board for resignations from each member, so that Walden will agree to return as headmaster. She says her next step is to start a grass roots effort with a group of parents who wish to take action to that end. 

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