UPDATE, JAN. 9, 10:22 A.M.: Annie Brown, public information officer with the Irvine Unified School District, provided some context this morning for the banner that flew through Irvine skies yesterday.
“The banner is related to an isolated personnel matter involving one staff member,” Brown writes in an email to the Weekly. “The issue with the staff member was handled prior to the winter break. Because this is a personnel matter, the District is unable to provide further details.
“However, I can inform you that this is not related to any larger issue on campus and that the banner tactic and message is not supported by Uni teachers or staff. Principal Astor is well-respected and has the support of Uni teachers, students and families.”
ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 9, 6:26 A.M.: What heights will a foe or foes of Kevin Astor go to display their displeasure with the principal of University High School in Irvine?
Thousands of feet, obviously.
That was apparent Monday when a plane towing a banner reading “Fire Principal Astor! Fails to Support Uni Teachers” flew over the campus on Tuesday.
The sky message was preceded by yard signs with pretty much the same message going up over the winter holiday break within the campus’ Irvine Unified School District boundaries.
The Weekly could find no clue as to what the beef with Astor concerns. There was no explanation with the Instagram photo above, and we located nothing on other social media platforms.
He has generally received positive reviews from parents and students, according to teacher rating sites and past school news coverage.
We reached out to Astor for comment but have not heard back yet.
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