Grove Park principal latest to fall under scrutiny; student alleges he was pushed

2012 file photo of Grove Park Elementary Principal Eric Gross (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
2012 file photo of Grove Park Elementary Principal Eric Gross (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Another Palm Beach County principal is in the news – this one under investigation for allegedly pushing a student. Grove Park Elementary Principal Eric Gross remains in his principal role and was on campus Thursday.

A student says he was pushed during a meeting with Gross after school, a school district spokeswoman said. The student was on a bus that had left the campus, but returned to the school when students on the bus misbehaved.

“Upon the return to campus, an incident occurred that is being investigated by School Police,” said a school district statement released Thursday afternoon. “Because this is an open investigation, no other details can be provided at this time.” See the full story here.

In recent weeks, eyes were focused on two other principals.

Cheryl McKeever at Palm Beach Lakes High was in the hot seat after students complained to the school board that they’d not had a regular math teacher all year. The day after that meeting, parents and teachers said they believed the students were being harassed for their bold statements. Still, McKeever said she is working to resolve the issue and be a uniter at the struggling school.

Meanwhile, an investigation continues to determine who knew what when approving a pep rally act that ended in flames at Atlantic High School. The act included fire, but a mishap turned the flames onto the performer, burning him severely and sending a couple students to be checked for smoke inhalation. The buck at that school stops at Principal Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo. (At least two other schools brought the fire-breather to perform on their campuses.)

Dellegrotti-Ocampo was also reprimanded after a run-in with a former employee at another school. The principal of that school, Everglades Elementary’s Amie Souder, aired her concerns about how district administrators about the handled that complaint – a complaint that centered on actions Dellegrotti took on the Everglades campus – and then weeks later Souder quit.

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