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By: Erin Nichols -- Parents and students are demanding answers from the Marion Independent School District after school leaders considered ousting a beloved high school principal. Dozens of people packed the Marion ISD headquarters Wednesday night in support of Marion High School Principal Elizardo Hernandez as board members considered not renewing his contract during a special meeting.In a vote of 4-2, Marion ISD leaders decided to give Hernandez a probationary contract for the 2014-2015 school year. "For the school board to just blatantly to kick him out, cancel his contract or not renew, it's an outrage to this community," said Marion HS senior Denis Fournier.After hearing about the contract, Fournier led his fellow students in a campaign to keep Hernandez as their principal.“He came and sat down with me and made a plan to help me graduate,” said Fournier. “It wouldn't have been possible without him.”“I have never seen any of the students ever support anybody like this,” said Marion ISD parent Shelley Chase.Chase also rallied people together in support of Hernandez.“You finally get a man who's working with the school, with parents, with teachers, with students, and they want to get rid of him? Why?” asked Chase.During the meeting, Superintendent Edna Kennedy and board trustees pointed to Hernandez's job performance, but would not go into specifics. She advised us to call her office on Thursday for a statement. “It’s not fair to the citizens, to the students, to the teachers, to the parents, to leave us in question,” said Fournier.As they wait for an explanation, many say they are left to speculate that board members may have wanted Hernandez ousted for personal reasons.“They've got to be here for the students and school district,” said Chase. “If they are here for their own personal agendas they got to go!”Hernandez said he wasn't allowed to comment on his performance evaluation, but did thank the community for their support.Fournier told us he is now turning campaign efforts towards keeping at least one school board member from being reelected during the May 10 election.
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