Emerson principal's proposed demotion to be topic of NAACP's press conference

Posted at 6:30 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 09:31:00-04

The NAACP will meet Monday evening to discuss the demotion of a principal at Emerson Middle School. 

Kempton Coman has been notified that he would be demoted as principal at the school and will be placed in a classroom as a teacher. 

The NAACP issued a statement saying Coman was "the newest target of (Bakersfield City School District) superintendent Doc Ervin and the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education's intimidation tactics."

The NAACP also said that parents, students, teachers and staff "believe this was a personal vendetta by BCSD Board Member Dr. Fred Haynes to humiliate Principal Coman by suggesting and insisting that he be demoted."

The BCSD responded to the allegations, saying, "The Bakersfield City School District is committed to the quality education of the students in our classroom. Changes are necessary in order to accelerate student performance. Sometimes those decisions are unpopular, but every move we make is in the best interest of kids. The District does not discuss personnel matters."

The NAACP also said that Coman's demotion "will be detrimental to the culture of Emerson Middle School and will plow the morale (sic.) of his students into the ground."

The NAACP is set to hold is press conference at Lowell Park at 6 Monday night across from Emerson.