Manogue students protest firing of school principal

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Students from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School protested in front of their school chapel this morning because they believe their principal was unrightfully fired.

The protest started at eight this morning, and didn't last long.
Bishop Manogue parents tell News 4 they received a letter last week from the Board of Directors announcing Principal Tim Jaureguito would no longer be with high school effective immediately, stating it was because the school is going in a different direction.

Parents say the respect the decision, but not how it was handled. Jaureguito was the principal at the high school since 2007 and had worked there for 12 years.

Bishop Manogue Media Contact Chris Whitty released this statement regarding the protest:

"First, I feel the need to apologize to the Manogue family for any confusion I may have created as a result of the e-mail I sent Friday regarding the personnel decision involving Mr. Jaureguito. It was sent with the very best of intentions in an effort to communicate transparently and efficiently. Today, I believe additional information is warranted regarding the personnel decision I made.

Since November, Mr. Jaureguito and I have been discussing his desire in remaining as principal at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School. On numerous occasions, Mr. Jaureguito indicated to me and others that he was actively evaluating other employment opportunities and that was reaffirmed recently in a conversation with two leaders of our Board of Directors. Then, and now, I understand and respect his decision.

Under the terms of his employment contract, Mr. Jaureguito was to be notified by me no later than March 1 whether or not his contract would be renewed for next year. Last week, he and I reached the conclusion that it was time for a change. As colleagues, Mr. Jaureguito and I decided it was in the best interest of the school that we part ways so as to remove any uncertainty associated with the question of his contract renewal and, most importantly, to enable the search process for his replacement to begin immediately. I can honestly say that the discussions between Mr. Jaureguito and me were always conducted professionally and never became adversarial.

In my e-mail last Friday, however, I neglected to mention that we are gladly honoring Mr. Jaureguito's employment contract for the remainder of the school year. All of us recognize Mr. Jaureguito's significant contributions to our school and we remain grateful for his dedication to Bishop Manogue for the past 12 years.

As we move forward in the process of hiring a new principal, I can assure the entire Manogue family that we will be searching for someone who is committed to Catholic teaching traditions, someone who understands the special uniqueness of Bishop Manogue's history, and someone who will enthusiastically and boldly lead our faculty and student body into the future."