Lighthouse Academy, a charter school in Akron, will have a new principal Monday.
The board overseeing Lighthouse has fired Principal Edward Savoy.
Marianne Cooper, executive director of the school's state-authorized sponsor, the Richland Academy of the Arts, said that although some parents have complained recently about teachers hitting students, the board had other problems with Savoy.
''There has been some discontent,'' Cooper said. ''Things have not been moving as they should. I am not aware of really any of the hitting issues. I know there have been some concerns. I have received some phone calls.''
Savoy, 39, declined to comment for the record.
Board President Joe White, the former executive director of the Summit County Children Services Board, could not be reached for comment.
Savoy was promoted to principal/superintendent of the charter school in January 2009, when the school's state report card showed it in Academic Watch, the equivalent of a ''D'' grade.
The previous year, Lighthouse had the worst state rating, Academic Emergency. The school's latest report card shows it is in Continuous Improvement, a ''C'' grade, the same as Akron Public Schools.
Lighthouse Academy is in the Wooster-Hawkins neighborhood of West Akron and enrolls 106 students.
In the last few weeks, some parents have complained that teachers were hitting students. Cooper could not elaborate on those allegations, although she said she has spoken with some parents about it.
''The environment was not as positive as it needed to be and it had gotten somewhat out of control, but it's now back in control,'' Cooper said.
She was unable to provide details about the principal who will replace Savoy on Monday.