Phoenix Christian students walk out over firing of administrators

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PHOENIX -- Students at a Valley Christian school staged a walkout on Thursday to protest the firing of two popular administrators.

Phoenix Christian High School, a traditional football powerhouse, has now hired, fired, and hired two coaches since the end of the 2014 football season.

According to parents and multiple sources close to the situation, the school administration backed one coach and the school board backed the other.

On Thursday, the school's superintendent and chief financial officer were fired.

By Thursday afternoon large groups of students walked out of class.

"We all left class and were just wandering around. Just protesting by not going to class," said Max Loanes, a senior at Phoenix Christian.

Parents, who pay thousands every year for this private education, gathered at the school demanding answers from the five-member school board that's all new as of just this week.

"It's wrong and everybody that's here knows it's wrong too. PC is based on doing things right, making ethical decisions where everyone agrees, not just one particular person or another," said Amy Trimble, mother of four Phoenix Christian students.

Parents said the board made all these decisions behind closed doors.

John Thornton is the new board chairman. He said, "no comment," when reached by phone on Thursday afternoon.

However, the school's principal confirmed the board fired Superintendent Phil Adams and CFO Karen Boyce.

"To the best of my understanding the two administrators that were relieved of their duties today were in disagreement with the board directive concerning the dismissal of our varsity football coach. There was a disagreement over the hiring process," said Jeff Blake, PC principal. "We're hoping to work that out as Christian standards would dictate."

When reached by phone, Adams said he respects the board’s decision and believes there is nothing suspicious going on.

Boyce declined comment.

Parents said both administrators are beloved.

"I don't need my kids in the middle of that either," said Trimble. "So if it means withdrawing the kids, how many other parents are going to do the same thing based on bad decisions made by a brand-new board?"

The principal said there are more meetings about the situation set for Friday.