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With a full house of parents and other attendees, Ramsay Principal Evelyn Nettles addressed the Birmingham Board of Education after being put on paid administrative leave earlier this month.

At the meeting, Nettles said the situation was a personal vendetta against her, and that her administrative leave was disruptive to her students.

She alleged that she has not had a formal evaluation since 2001, but that Ramsay is exceeding expectations.

"I'm not only asking you to be fair, I'm asking you to look at the data. What does the data say? The data shows that what we're doing face exceeds any other high schools in this district," Nettles said. 
 
However, a statement via the school district lawyer stated that the superintendent recommendation says Ramsay is not at the level of other magnet schools.

The district lawyer went on to say that the recommendation was made based on observations and data.  

During a line of questions from the Birmingham Board of Education's lawyer, Witherspoon confirmed that he stood behind his recommendation to relocate Nettles, and that it was in the best interest of the students at Ramsay to remove her.

The board ultimately voted to remove Nettles from Ramsay.

However, the crowd outside wasn't happy with the decision.

"I think that it is wrong, it's hurtful. She didn't deserve it. We don't deserve and it shouldn't have happened, no reason," said Alex Miller, a Ramsay High student.

"Clearly this is not about the children and, I mean, I'm just really heart broken," Ramsay parent Materia Gipson said.

The school board president says it was an unpopular decision, but long term the system and academic performance can move into the right direction.

Parents who spoke to Alabama's 13 said they are not in favor of the decision but the would they think the board and the superintendent should have acted on this after the school year was complete.

Nettles was put on paid administrative leave on May 2. Witherspoon cited a "internal administrative personnel issue" as the reason of her leave.
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