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Pollock Named Permanent Principal at Aquila

He’s been the school’s interim principal since the district placed the former principal on leave in 2011.

The St. Louis Park school district selected Aquila Elementary School’s longtime interim principal to be the school’s permanent head, the district announced Tuesday.

Clarence Pollock has been Aquila’s interim principal since April 2011, when the district placed former principal Freida Bailey on leave.

Parents, including several members of the school's parent-teacher organization, accused Bailey of mishandling three bullying incidents, "lacking school spirit" and displaying poor leadership that—they claimed—created a poor learning environment for their children.

Pollock took the job as interim principal after having been the assistant principal at St. Louis Park High School between 2004 and 2011.

He’s also been a:

  • Special education specialist (Districtwide) from 2003 to 2004, 
  • Classroom teacher at Aquila and Cedar Manor from 1998 to 2003 and
  • Special education teacher at Aquila from 1993 to 1998.

Pollock received a specialist’s degree and principal licensure from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a master’s of education in the area of teacher leadership from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

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Mildred February 27, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Aquila is lucky to have him - he is wonderful! Finally a good decision from the school board - hopefully this is an indicator of more to come including a better superintendent!
Janel Lewis February 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Just wish they would clear Ms Bailey's name as they have never found any evidence as to why they suspended her. She still works for the district and I believe she deserves an apology! She was a great leader! Mr. Pollock is a great leader as well and I congratulate him.
Gretchen Peterson February 27, 2013 at 07:00 PM
As the parent of two 1st-graders, I could not be more THRILLED!! I agree completely with Mildred's comments above. Further, I cannot say enough about Mr. Pollock - he knows the name of EVERY student (500+), and most of us parents (well over 1k!), is not only AT every school event but participating and/or leading, and is not only smart and an excellent administrator, but is a kind, caring, and compassionate PERSON. It is obvious from everything Clarence Pollock does that he LOVES what he does - and it shines through every day. Our Aquila kids are so lucky to have him, and I'm THRILLED (surprised, actually) that the Board made the decision to keep him on permanently. THANK YOU, MR. POLLOCK!!

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