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How a principal worked in three districts despite concerns about his leadership, behavior

How a principal worked in three districts despite concerns about his leadership, behavior

Joel Tapia has worked as an elementary school principal at three school districts in San Diego County.

In all three districts, complaints or concerns about his leadership and behavior have surfaced — first in Chula Vista, then in Solana Beach and most recently in San Ysidro, where trustees decided earlier this year not to renew his contract.

In each stint during his seven-year career as principal, Tapia ended up reassigned or placed on administrative leave.

District records obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune reveal new details about the complaints, which included allegations from staff in Chula Vista and Solana Beach that he regularly missed meetings, failed to...

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