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Several administrators suddenly ‘separated’ from Vista Ridge High School

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Angela Duca, Sarah Ricci, Brandon Monson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Multiple administrators and one administrative secretary won't be returning to Vista Ridge High School, the principal and Powers Zone Superintendent said in an email to parents this week, but the reason why isn't entirely clear yet.

The email confirms Assistant Principal Angela Duca, Assistant Principal Sarah Ricci, Athletic Director Brandon Monson and Building Administrative Secretary Tracey Sousa are no longer working at Vista Ridge High School but did not say why. The email says they have been "separated" from District 49.

In an email sent to parents, the district says interim administrators are in place to help until the district can fill the roles over the next few months.

According to school leadership profiles that have since been removed, Duca, Ricci and Monson all started working at Vista Ridge in 2019.

"We know this is a difficult time of the year to experience a change, however, we remain focused on continuing to make Vista Ridge High School a school focused on the success of students in preparing them for future success," the email said.

13 Investigates reached out to a District 49 spokesperson who said interim administrators were hired but had no other information.

All of the District 49 school board members did not answer any questions about the leadership shakeup.

We reached out to all of the now-former Vista Ridge High School employees, but they didn't return our messages.

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Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.



    1. Right school district, wrong school for that investigation. That said, maybe VR is being proactive with their own investigation in progress.

  1. The most dysfunctional school district in the world. Get your kids out of there. They have Board members that home school their kids. Don’t follow health protocols recommended by ALL the experts, then shut down schools due to CoVID outbreaks. The Principal at Vista Ridge flunked teaching himself. Monson was fired as a Principal in the district, and moved to VRHS from there…Dance of the Lemons.

    1. My kids have been in d49 schools from kindergarten to graduation. Have no issues with the district. I agree with their policies. I still have 2 kids in the district. I get great communication from the staff. I appreciate that they are not bowing to political pressure like most other districts in the Springs. They leave the choice with the parents as it should be. Go ahead and teach your kids how to be controlled.

    2. What’s wrong with homeschooling? Please share your facts and not your opinions!

    1. And people like RealityCheck called Trump a dictator when we have Biden!!! Imagine the outrage from RealityCheck if Trump were to do a mandatory vaccine!! Government should never have this much power. It’s a shame that people like RealityCheck are too ignorant to see what this really means.

      1. Perhaps if you had a real argument, people might listen to you, instead of just putting down people who point out your errors to you.
        And Trump never had the guts to mandate either vaccine or masks. He was too busy looking for excuses not to wear a mask or take the vaccine, because he thought it would make him more popular, and that was more important.

        1. You mean like Hitler had the guts to mandate yellow stars , you truly are a more on! It’s hilarious (maybe not) that Biden is literally the manifestation of everything the left said trump would be, but now none of them will admit it!

          1. You’re wrong about so many things, but one thing in particular. President Biden does things for the good of all the people of our country, rather than for his own good like Trump did during his whole presidency. Trump is a loser. Get over him.

    2. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to @ssume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God enttle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are insttuted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to insttute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

      1. All men except non land owners, black, Hispanics, women, Native Americans. etc.

        Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Of all human rights they are by far the most ridiculous by the very definition of what an inalianable right is. I guess you must be a district 49 graduate.

        1. If this is the best you are able to guess at, then you should stick to being told what to think. I now understand your need and desire to be told what to think and do.
          At the time, the docment and principles were sound, but looking back at a docment that is nearly 250 years old and expecting it to include today’s problems in simply asinine.
          The core concepts are solid, but just as you pointed out, currently all humans are not treated equal, but in the eyes of our government we all should be treated equally. The irony of you coming on here to attempt to sling mud like a feeble child about why our forefathers were unwilling to continue accepting the tyranny from their government at the time simply shows your complacency and desire to be told what to do and not think for yourself. This problem isn’t a Republican or Democrat only problem, this is a failure of our government in its entirety, and the victims are all the people. Our nation’s problem is the majority of the people keep looking around for Superman to come and save them, but they are utterly unwilling to work on the problem themselves. Every person is only willing to see how the issue or topic at hand will be handled by themselves. Then they expect everyone else to act the same way as they do, and when they don’t, you get what occurred here when you decided to post your drivel. I don’t demean you because you don’t understand that these core fundamentals are why so many are concerned about the direction our country is headed, I demean you because you choose to be this ignorant by deliberate action.
          Congratulations, RealityCheck agrees with you, perhaps that means something important to someone else.

  2. There are a lot of commenters in here that remind me of the video for Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” Faceless beings being led to the meat grinder by those that control them. It is so sad to see so many of you willing to give up your right to choice and your right to personal freedom and let the government dictate how you should live.

    1. Then learn about the science from the real experts and make informed choices instead of irrational ones based on political propaganda.

      1. How’s that Russian collusion you pushed for 4 years coming along? You still listen to Fauci whom lied about gain and function. I understand you can’t make your own decision and need the government to make decisions for you. You have no credibility due to your continual liberal hypocrisy.

        1. I listen to Dr. Fauci because he has been a recognized expert in the medical profession for over 50 years, since before most people here were born. And he has always given everyone his best professional opinion based on available data at the time. As the data changed, he changed his predictions, like any responsible scientist would. But you call that lying, and put it down to “liberal hypocrisy” because you don’t have the expertise to understand the real reasoning.

      2. Then learn to post who your real experts are because the ones you do post are not experts but liars!

    2. That would be hysterical if it weren’t so scary. Really, it is scary. For all of us. You and me. Because the way you describe “us” is exactly the way we see “you.”
      “Faceless beings being led to the meat grinder by those that control them.”
      None of us benefit from this unhealthy division. Sewing seeds of hatred…
      We need to look for common ground to build on, not hills to die on.

      1. Well said. Unfortunately, your words will probably fall on way too many deaf ears (or closed minds in this case).

  3. Don’t forget the media “black out” Biden did at the border, to try and hide the crises he said didn’t exist. If Trump had done that, the lefties heads would have exploded. And the thousand or so “good paying”union jobs he eliminated with the pipeline shut down. Come on man!

  4. Monson was working without the required license. They are hiring people who aren’t qualified. Do some research before coming hear with your self serving diatribes. DERP

  5. They were all fired for insubordination, calling themselves the FAB FOUR, and undermining the Principal. The fact Monson was unlicensed had nothing to do with his dismissal. It just came up in a KRDO investigation. Any educator’s licensure status can be looked up on the CDE website.

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