Principal resigns at Colleyville's Crown of Life Lutheran School

COLLEYVILLE -- The principal of the Crown of Life Lutheran School has resigned at the school board's request, one month after a school day-care worker was accused of indecency.

In a letter to parents, former Principal Tim Walz wrote: "The past few months have been difficult ones for all of us at Crown of Life. We have seen our family torn apart in many ways."

His resignation was effective July 26. He could not be reached for comment.

Walz caught flak from parents after the school waited more than a month to inform staff and parents that day-care worker Joel McClure had been arrested on suspicion of indecency with a child who was in his care. He is accused of exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl.

The school board, church council and board of elders asked Walz to resign.

He will be replaced by Andra Barton, said Randy Hall, a parent who is speaking on behalf of the school. Barton resigned in 2008 as principal at Old Union Elementary School in Southlake amid allegations of testing irregularities on the state accountability exam.

The State Board for Educator Certification ruled in June that Barton can keep her education credentials and ordered the lightest punishment it could impose.

Most recently, Barton has worked as the camp and educational programs coordinator for Community Storehouse, a nonprofit agency in Keller and Roanoke.