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.