HOUSTON—Wheatley High School’s principal and the Houston Independent School District’s chief high school officer are no longer with the district, HISD officials confirmed Monday.
While the district did not specify what happened, records show Wheatley High School Principal Ronald Rodriguez was recently arrested and charged with two counts of possession of marijuana in Prichard, Alabama. His fiancé, Dana Bost, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance; cocaine.
Both Rodriguez and Bost were hired at the beginning of the academic year. Rodriguez worked in education in Virginia before he was hired by HISD. Bost, who served as the HISD chief high school officer, was most recently a high school principal in the Henrico County School District in Virginia.
Some parents expressed frustration after hearing what happened.
“Just to hear about it, I can’t believe it. I thought he was a nice guy and he was going to help the kids over here,” said Natalie Taylor, a parent.
Miguel Taylor, a senior at the school said the news is just the latest in a string of disappointments at his school.
“I’ve been here since ninth grade and we’ve went through four principals now, so they are sticking us with bad principals every year that can’t last,” he said.
Others students said they had high hopes for Rodriguez.
“Mr. Rodriguez was a good principal, he changed a lot, my school has now become a better school than it was at first,” saidGhervy Guimbi, a senior at Wheatley High School.
In a statement, the district said it was unable to discuss the specifics of the departures, but did say Special Assignments School Support Officer Richard Barajas would stand in for Rodriguez at Wheatley High School.
HISD Statement on Bost:
Dana Bost is no longer with the district. As standard practice with personnel issues, the district is unable to discuss the specifics of her departure. A national search for a new Chief High School Officer is underway. In the interim, Chief Middle Schools Officer Michael Cardona will assume responsibility for this role, overseeing both middle and high schools until a permanent replacement is hired.