Principal on medical leave after harassment inquiry

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Crocker Riverside Elementary School Principal Carl Westphal will take a medical leave for the remainder of the school year, a move that comes after a sexual harassment complaint and two investigations into his recent actions.

At a parent meeting Tuesday night, the Sacramento City Unified School District announced Alvin Lee will become interim principal to replace Westphal.

Lee was the school's previous principal before retiring.

Westphal will not return to the school after his medical leave, said Gabe Ross, district spokesman.

A permanent replacement will likely be named at the end of the school year, Ross said.

According to a News 10 story last week, Westphal was accused of making inappropriate comments to a female employee of an after-school program at the school.

That employee, Vanessa Grant, filed a sexual harassment complaint against Westphal, and the school district responded in a letter to her that said there was sufficient evidence to support her claim, according to News 10.

Ross said a thorough review was conducted and appropriate action was taken.

A month after Grant filed her complaint, Westphal contacted the after-school program she worked for and asked that she and another employee be moved, according to News 10.

Ross said those allegations are being investigated.

– Melody Gutierrez

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