Parents, angered at the South Pasadena Unified School District's decision not keep two veteran elementary school principals in their positions next fall, are organizing a petition drive to persuade district officials to change their minds.
Last month, under pressure from Supt. Warren Newman, Betty Cowan of Arroyo Vista asked for reassignment to a teaching position next fall and James L. Greulich of Monterey Hills elementary schools resigned. No specific reasons were given for the shake-up, but school board President Yvonne Pine said that a difference in philosophy between the principals and Newman played a part. Cowan has been with the district 32 years and Greulich has worked there 29 years.