A group of parents and teachers want administrators of Titusville High School removed because of what they describe as a "negative climate and hostile environment" on campus.
But dismissing the school's leaders, including principal Annetha Jones, seems unlikely, as district staff has said they are working with the school's leaders to address parents' concerns.
The group, which calls itself Success for THS, formed shortly after a town hall meeting in April with Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Mark Mullins. At the gathering, parents and teachers raised concerns about declining enrollment and employee turnover.
Since then, a small group of about 50 residents has met at the Titusville Mall and the Titusville Library to put together a plan to help the school.
On May 2, the group emailed Mullins, School Board member Misty Belford and other district leaders a letter and 145 pages of testimonials from parents, employees and students. FLORIDA TODAY obtained the letter last week.
"We do not see any way to reverse the situation while keeping the current administration," the letter states.
Jones has been the principal of Titusville High for two years and has worked in the Brevard school district since 1992. Jennifer Gonzalez, Barbara Burgess and Todd Rassman are assistant principals at the school.
The group appears to take issue primarily with Jones, who did not immediately return a request for comment.
Brevard Federation of Teachers president Anthony Colucci said teachers have told the union Jones treats them unfairly and harshly.
"Our teachers have had ongoing issues with Ms. Jones, both at Jackson Middle School and now the last couple years at Titusville High School," said Colucci. "We've heard more complaints from our teachers about her than any other administrator in this district."
Mullins said he and Mollie Vega, who oversees the county's high school principals, have been meeting with parents to discuss their concerns.
"Any time parents' concerns come to our attention, we respond to them," Mullins said Monday. "We're certainly working to support our administration, Ms. Jones and her administrative team. We’ll help them be successful."
Belford, who represents the Titusville area and whose own son attends Titusville High, said it's up to Mullins to remove Jones. She said not all of the group's allegations are accurate, but the district is looking into the issue.
"Any time you have a new administration come in, especially if that new administration is trying to drive change, there's going to be tension," said Belford.
Jones replaced Gary Preisser, who was principal of the school since 2013.
Jones previously attended and taught at Titusville High. She was selected as the school's Teacher of the Year in 1998. Before becoming a principal, Jones was the assistant principal at Jackson Middle School. She has consistently gotten "highly effective" ratings on her annual evaluations, according to a review of her personnel file.
The group claims that under Jones' leadership students are leaving to attend Astronaut High School and Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School, and at least 37 employees have left.
Since last school year, enrollment has dipped by 36 students and currently sits at 1,377 students, according to numbers from the Florida Department of Education. In 2017, 64 students left Titusville High for Astronaut High, according to district data.
The district projects the school to reach 1,525 by 2022; the campus has the capacity for 1,970.
Mullins acknowledged there are some problems at Titusville High, including deteriorating athletic fields, limited advanced placement course options, school security, communication and teacher vacancies, but said they are not unique to Titusville High. He pointed out that several schools in the district and statewide are dealing with teacher shortages.
And as for the number of students leaving Titusville High, he said that is a byproduct of Brevard being a "choice district" that encourages families to choose schools outside their neighborhoods.
Mullins said the school has experienced a lot of success under Jones, including increasing its graduation rate by 2.5 percent to 84 percent.
Additionally, the school last year graduated the highest percentage of students with industry certifications in Brevard, 30 students with associate degrees, and 11 percent of its students with merit and scholar designations.
The school has been graded a B school by the FDOE the last three years.
This story originally appeared on Florida Today