I don't know what to make of our principal. It's only her second year at the school. She's always very pleasant to me, we even had her over for dinner last year to welcome her to the school.
But, a lot of the parents can't stand her and I keep hearing stories, from reliable sources, of awful things she has done. Judging from what I've heard, she has some major racist and classist issues.
For example: my city has 6 elementary schools. The three schools north of the tracks are "good". The three south of the tracks are "bad." We moved to a wrong side of the tracks neighborhood, but were allowed to keep our kids at the good school. The city has an unofficial policy allowing parents to do this. I encouraged my neighbor to ask permission for her kids to attend our school and she was granted permission even though she didn't meet the criteria to be accepted. We are both white and educated.
A friend of ours, who is African-American, had a dd at that school, but moved out of the district last summer assuming she'd be allowed to keep her dd at the school. At the start of the school year, the principal tried to kick her dd out of the school! Our friend told my dh that the principal was very rude and unkind whenever they spoke on the phone about this. So, when this friend finally met the principal, she came directly from work and was dressed professionally. She told dh that the principal seemed shocked and refused to make eye-contact. In the end, this friend had to go over the principal's head and talk to the superintendent and was granted permission to keep her dd at the school.
Another parent, who happens to be hispanic, had the same thing happen to her. She told me the principal spoke to her as if she assumed she was drug-addicted and ignorant. In that case, the principal successfully kicked the girl out of school. This girl was a classmate of my ds's for 3 years. She was in no way a discipline problem or anything. I feel sure she was kicked out of school and forced into her neighborhood school simply because of the principal's prejudices.