FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Fleming County High School is facing several cuts in the near future, but one that has students protesting is the Kentucky Board of Education's decision to remove their principal.
"They simply want to express their support for this principal and make that known to the people who will be making those decisions," says Tom Price, Superintendent Fleming County Schools.
Earlier this week, a school board meeting revealed a scathing audit from the state. In it, Kentucky education leaders cited principal Mark Leet's poor leadership at the high school and district offices.
Their solution? To remove him. A decision that rocked the student body and many of the staff and employees.
"Out of all the principals and administrators we've had in this school district over the last couple years, have these guys not done better a better job than any of them?" asks John Johnson, Fleming County FFA President.
"Yeah!" dozens of students scream and cheer.
Students held a protest Wednesday morning and talked about how far they've come since principal Leet stepped in two years ago.
"We're the only area school to receive the proficient title," Johnson explains to the crowd. "That means out of Mason County, Rowan County, Bath County and Lewis County, we're the only school that's considered proficient. Yet our principal is still being recommended for removal."
In response to the state's recommendation to let Principal Leet go, students are signing a petition hoping for a chance to change their minds.
"We want the Kentucky Department of Education to come back and redo their evaluation," Johnson says. "We're gaining by leaps and bounds every day, whether it be test scores or overall morale of students or how our school is doing in general."
School officials say they plan to discuss whether to appeal the state's decision at their board meeting next Wednesday.
As far as overall performance, Fleming County High School now ranks 66 out of 231 schools in the state. A few years ago, they were in the bottom ten.