Douglas County principal on leave amid investigation into teacher evaluations

Castle Rock, Colo. - 7NEWS has confirmed the principal of Douglas County's Rock Ridge Elementary School has been put on administrative leave.

Multiple sources confirmed Amber Sorg was put on leave Friday afternoon while a group of parents rallied outside the school in support of Sorg and her teachers. The rally coincided with the Douglas County School District's announcement it's reviewing pay for performance ratings at the school.

On Saturday, some parents like Jen Johnson, received an anonymous voicemail that said in part, "What the news failed to report, you may not even know yet, but Amber has been put on administrative leave for insubordination... I would let the news know the rest of the story."

"The voicemail says she's been put on leave because we brought the news [to the school]," Johnson said.

Douglas County School Board President, Kevin Larsen, said on Friday the evaluations did not match up with the final score given to some teachers. He failed to mention, however, the principal was put on leave.

"It's shady, it's shady that he didn't say that. People are shocked, teachers private messaged me, what do you mean, what's going on, are you joking," Johnson said after she posted the news to Facebook.

Larsen said he didn't know how teachers scored but multiple sources told 7NEWS the district is disciplining Sorg for scoring too many teachers too high in their evaluations.

The school district failed to return multiple calls on Saturday. Sorg's district email has been disabled and several concerned parents emailed asking 7NEWS to look into the issue deeper.

"You're hiding it for a reason, you don't want people to know for a reason," Johnson said.

 

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