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Teachers, staff members rally at Lincoln High School for new principal

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Posted at 6:29 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 11:23:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Lincoln High School teachers and staff members will hold a rally Thursday morning before class as they continue to fight for a new permanent principal.

At a 7 a.m. rally, group voiced their support for current Vice Principal Jose Soto -- someone they feel is the right man for the job.

Soto is said to be beloved by students and teachers. For a school that has seen academic gains in recent years, many feel elevating him to principal will keep the school on a positive track.

Last week, students walked out of class and community members marched in support of Soto and against the San Diego Unified School District's decision to not promote him.

A district spokesperson told 10News that Soto "doesn't meet the qualifications to become principal" but would not elaborate since it is considered a "personnel matter."

However, many parents pointed out that other school administrators, including SD Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten, have been promoted without direct experience.

Enrollment at Lincoln High consists of primarily minority students, and mostly Hispanic population.

Supporters said Soto is "a principal they trust, who served the community for years and puts students first."