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SEATTLE-- Just hours before a community meeting, the chief of Seattle Schools announced the popular principal of Ingraham High School will return next school year.

Community members, parents and students strongly opposed last week's initial decision not to renew Principal Martin Floe's contract. Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield said his performance evaluation lead her to the decision not to renew Floe's contract for the 2011-2012 school year.

I am not able to share with you the details of Mr. Floe's performance evaluations or the work done with him to address performance concerns, wrote Enfield. I assure you that I made this decision after a fair and rigorous process.

A meeting was scheduled Tuesday evening in which Enfield said she would discussthe decision andanswer questions about the subsequent leadership change at Ingraham. However, Enfield sent out a letter hours before the meeting, saying Floe would return to Ingraham next year, though his performancewould be strictlymonitored by district administrators.

Enfield defended her initial decision not to renew Floe's contract.

I am mindful of the community input and the turmoil this situation has created for the school, wrote Enfield. I am not backing away from our high standards for performance or the work that led to my initial decision. However, I listened to the community input and I decided it is appropriate to provide Mr. Floe with an additional opportunity to succeed. I had a chance to meet one-on-one with Mr. Floe on Monday, and I believe we can all work together to see improvement at Ingraham.

Tonight's meeting at Ingraham High School has been cancelled.

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