Hearing planned for Windsor HS principal

The Mount Ascutney District School Board voted Monday to terminate Tiffany Riley as principal at Windsor High School pending an evidentiary hearing.

In a public statement, board Chair Elizabeth Burrows wrote: “The Mount Ascutney School Board on Monday, July 27 passed a motion in public session to terminate Tiffany Riley as principal of the Windsor School, pending evidentiary hearing. Said hearing will be held within 15 days, in accordance with 16 V.S.A. Section 243.”

The vote was taken after a 45-minute executive session with the board.

On June 12, the board voted to place Riley on paid administrative leave in response to posts on her personal Facebook page that discussed her views on Black Lives Matter.

The board characterized her posts as “tone deaf,” and lacking judgement and empathy.

In the meantime, Riley has filed a lawsuit in Windsor Superior Court that alleges the six board members and superintendent committed breach of her employment contract, and engaged in viewpoint discrimination, violation of her constitutional right of free speech and of due process.

She is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

This story has been updated with new information. For more on this story, read the July 30 issue of the Vermont Standard.