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Brennemann Principal Removed During Investigation Into ‘Significant Financial Misconduct’ At School, CPS Says

Students and community members were informed of the change in a letter home from CPS.

The principal of Brennemann Elementary School was removed from her post in 2019 during an investigation, Chicago Public Schools said.
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CHICAGO — The principal of Brennemann Elementary School in Uptown has been removed as officials investigate an alleged case of financial misconduct at the school.

The Chicago Public Schools Inspector General told CPS the office had “serious concerns” about Principal Sarah Abedelal’s behavior as part of an “ongoing investigation into significant financial misconduct at Brennemann,” said CPS spokesman Michael Passman.

“Based on the evidence presented to the district, serious concerns about Principal Abedelal’s actions, and the need for a thorough investigation, CPS has accepted a formal recommendation from the Inspector General to remove Principal Abedelal from her position,” Passman said.

Students and community members were informed of the change in a Thursday letter home from CPS. Sakinah Abdal-Saboor, who has worked throughout CPS for more than 31 years, will service as the administrator-in-charge at the school for the time being.

CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler confirmed there was an investigation but said he could not comment further since the allegations are still being looked into.

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