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Prime Prep Academy undergoes staffing shakeup as new superintendent starts

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A major reorganization is underway at the troubled charter school Prime Prep Academy.

The school, cofounded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, has been under the state microscope.

Monday, its new superintendent made several staffing changes to make it clear that accountability with students' education is a top priority.

A staffing shakeup at the school resulted in the firing of 10 workers, and the resignation of two, all in a day. Some were reportedly earning more than the school's charter allowed.

"We're not here to play anymore," said new Superintendent Ron Price. "And quite frankly, the financial windfall for several people is over."

Price has taken over the troubled charter school, which is the focus of a state investigation for possible misappropriation of funds, among other issues.

The charter school has shown excellence on the playing field, but not so academically.

Price says the principal positions at both their Dallas and Fort Worth campuses are now vacant.

The former Dallas principal, Amy Hampton, earned a salary of $90,000. Price says the position, based on the charter, should only pay up to $74,000.

Among other administrators fired were the Director of Finance and Operations and the Director of Compliance.

Price says he was unclear about their duties, and if they even reported to the campuses.

"Quite frankly, I cannot tell you where these people have been," he said. "Unfortunately, I've reached out to some and they haven't reached back out to me, which lets me know they are not serious about educating these children here."

Twice-ousted cofounder Deion Sanders told FOX4 from Los Angeles Monday,"I trust our superintendent is doing the right thing to follow the true vision of Prime Prep Academy. I'm thankful to the TEA for doing the investigation. I have said all along, we will have the best academic, athletic charter school in the country."

"No more brother-in-law, kin-folks deals," said Price. "Those days are over. At Prime Prep, you will be qualified for the job. You will be held accountable."

The Texas Education Agency says its investigation into Prime Prep Academy is ongoing. The school has already been put on notice about accessibility issues for the disabled.

The agency says a number of Prime Prep employees also have yet to be fingerprinted and have background checks completed.   

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