DENVER
12/19/2012 08:00 am ET | Updated Feb 18, 2013

Jim Eagen, New Principal At Boulder's Summit Middle School, Could Lose Job Tonight After Less Than One Year On The Job

The board at Summit Middle School, a charter school in south Boulder, is expected to vote tonight on the future employment of Principal Jim Eagen, who is just halfway through his first year on the job.

As a charter school, the school's board of directors makes the hiring decisions. The board is scheduled to discuss Eagen's employment in a closed-door session at tonight's meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. at the school.

Parents have contacted the Camera saying they fear Eagen will be fired tonight.

Eagen could not immediately be reached this morning.

Summit board chairwoman Liz Snowden confirmed Wednesday that Eagen's employment was on the board's agenda, but otherwise didn't comment.

In an e-mail sent to parents Monday, Snowden said Eagen was "unavailable" and assistant principal Adam Galvin would serve as acting principal.

She also said more information would be available after tonight's meeting.

"As we approach the holiday break, we want to assure our community that Summit's board, teachers and administration are working together to ensure a positive and productive last week of the semester for our school," she wrote.

Before he was hired at Summit, Eagen served as the head of the middle school at a New York private school. He has 20 years experience in education, including leading workshops on issues that include technology, social aggression and diversity.

He previously said he chose Summit because "they do middle school better than any middle school I've seen. I wanted to be part of a great academic middle school." He said his main goal for his first year was get to know the school community and have the community get to know him. ___

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