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Source: Reading Superintendent suspended over job performance concerns

Officials tight lipped over Reading superintendent

READING, Pa. - 69 News has learned more about why the Reading School District superintendent was suspended from the job.

Sources in the Reading School District tell 69 News that the five-day suspension of superintendent, Dr. Carlinda Purcell, was directly related to concerns over her job performance.

While sources would not reveal specifics, some parents demanded answers.

"I think that's messed up because we have kids that go there, and we need to know what's going on with her," said Mortia Walker, a mother who has six kids who attend Reading schools.

Just a few weeks ago, as school board members raced to pass a final budget by the state-appointed deadline, board members expressed frustration with Dr. Purcell.

Allegedly some of the budget numbers provided by the superintendent's office just didn't add up.

Frustration at that meeting boiled over as board members went into a closed-door meeting to iron out the confusion.

School board member, Robert Heebner, Jr., even said that meeting was one of the most dysfunctional he had ever attended.

School board members say they cannot reveal information about Dr. Purcell's suspension because it is a confidential personnel matter.

But some parents say that's not good enough.

"I wouldn't like nobody keeping secrets behind kids. The same way everybody wants to know what happened with kids, they have the right to know what happened to the superintendent," said Maria Pacheco, who has three children who attend Reading schools.

69 News reached out to the superintendent throughout the day, but our calls were not returned.

Officials also would not elaborate on what Dr. Purcell's suspension could mean for her future with the school district. They would only say said they hope from here on out their relationship improves.

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