Apr 10, 2012 3:37 PM by Greg Boyce

Classical Academy President resigns, Principal on leave

The Classical Academy Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of the President, Dr. David Bohn, and placed High School Principal Hugh Di Pretore on administrative leave.  A review will continue after last week's incident where propane tanks, flares, rubbing alcohol and other items were found at the TCA North Campus in Colorado Springs.

Students were moved into the gymnasium that day as the police bomb unit studied the items found and eventually rendered them harmless.  This was the second incident at the school last week.

The Board of Directors was informed yesterday that there was another incident prior to Spring Break which may have been related to the other two.  The first device included rubbing alcohol and fireworks and was determined to be an incendiary device, though it did not have an ignition device like those found last week.  Colorado Springs did make one arrest of a juvenile last week.


"This is an ongoing investigation, but based on the information we received today, we felt this action was best for The Classical Academy community," said Dr. Chris Leland, Board President. "We have started making significant changes to prevent these types of incidents from happening again. We would like to reassure our community that we are certain this student acted alone and there are no further threats at the schools."

On Friday, the Board directed the administration to hire a Director of Security, review policies and procedures regarding "unidentified objects" and safety protocol, develop a crisis communication plan for parents, staff and students, among other changes.

"This has been a difficult situation for us all. It is unfortunate that such actions were necessary, but we believe this is what is best for our students, parents and the community as a whole," added Leland.

A leadership transition team will be put into place this week while the board searches for a permanent replacement for their President. As next steps are determined or more information becomes available in the course of this investigation, it will be released to the public.




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