Hempstead principal's contract not renewed after anti-Spanish allegations

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HEMPSTEAD, Texas - There are new developments in a story Local 2 first told you about in December. Hempstead ISD says it will not renew the contract of the middle school principal who was accused of banning students from speaking Spanish in the classroom.

Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 26, 2013, after Local 2 Investigates found out that allegations were made about an announcement made over the school's public address system concerning the use of Spanish at the school.

The district says its board of trustees voted March 17 to propose the non-renewal of Lacey's contract, which is set to expire at the end of the current school year.

In a statement released to Local 2, Hempstead ISD said in part: "As always, it is our mission at Hempstead ISD to ensure that our students enjoy a safe and secure learning environment. Our students are our number one priority and we are creating a culture of excellence at Hempstead by giving our students the best customer service possible. We have high expectations for our students and we hold our administrators, teachers and support staff to high expectations and standards as well. We value the cultural diversity of our school and we embrace each and every student of all cultural and diverse backgrounds. The district is committed to efficiently and effectively moving forward in educating our students with as little disruption to their learning environment as possible."

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