Atlantic High principal reprimanded after run-in with former employee

Related: A fiery bastketball stunt goes awry at Atlantic High’s pep rally Thursday, March 17. 

UPDATE: The current principal of Everglades Elementary has resigned.


The principal of Atlantic High School has been reprimanded for sneaking into the back office of her previous school and scolding a former employee.

Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo
Atlantic High Principal Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo

Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo, who took the helm at Atlantic High in Delray Beach this school year, became the target of a school district investigation after the treasurer of her previous school, Everglades Elementary, complained in November that she had berated her in front of colleagues.

The investigation found that Dellegrotti-Ocampo entered the back office of the school without permission and “verbally abused” the treasurer. Surveillance camera footage also caught her kicking at the door of her employee’s office, school district records show.

The dispute was over the school’s policy on hanging banners, witnesses said. In a letter of reprimand, a school district area superintendent told her that matters at Everglades Elementary were no longer within her job responsibilities.

“Accordingly,” he wrote, “you should not have discussed these topics or redressed any employee at Everglades concerning a school operations or personnel matter.”

Dellegrotti-Ocampo was ordered not to contact the school staff again without permission from the new principal.

Reached this week, she declined to comment on the incident.

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