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Monday, January 29, 2007
SPECIAL REPORT: El Modena H.S. Principal Removed After Arrest on Lewd Conduct
El Modena High School Principal Brent Bailey Removed as Principal
Principal Brent Bailey was removed from El Modena High School and placed on mandatory leave on Thursday January 25th after being arrested in Fullerton in a police sting operation. Police allege that Bailey was caught engaging in public sex with another adult male at a Fullerton recreation area known for sexual activity. Bailey was arrested for lewd conduct in a public place and will be arraigned on Tuesday January 30th.
On Monday January 29th, Orange Unified Superintendent Thomas Godley appeared at a special lunch time staff meeting to inform the El Modena's staff that Bailey was removed from his position as principal because he was the subject of a criminal investigation that does not involve the school or students.
Bailey had been transferred to El Modena a year and half ago from Richland Continuation High School where he was principal for seven years. By all accounts from staff, Bailey struggled to fit in with the long time teaching and administrative staff at El Modena.
Bailey was replaced by OUSD Administrator Janet Hayes who was appointed Interim Principal.Hayes was a former teacher and counselor at El Modena. Bailey, who was known for his strong conservative Christian religous views, had scheduled an assembly called Character Counts for this Friday. The school cancelled the assembly.
Bailey becomes the second OUSD Principal removed from a district high school this year. Former Villa Park High School Principal Ben Rich was transferred to Richland Continuation High School as ‘co-principal” after parent and staff complaints. Rich’s transfer led to OUSD Steve Rocco’s now famous comment that he would of voted to fire Rich. That comment led to Godley censoring the meeting tape by removing that comment and Rocco’s face-off with Trustee John Ortega out of the public broadcast and the OUSD Board voting to approve a Resolution of Censure against Rocco. Rocco then filed suit against OUSD with the help of the watchdog group Californians Aware. The case is pending.
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