Michigan School for the Deaf looking for a principal who can sign

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FLINT, MI (WJRT) -- What if you have a concern, but wasn't able to speak? You would need to depend on someone who could understand sign language.

That's why Michigan School for the Deaf students and parents are so upset by recent administrative actions.

The Michigan Department of Education faced a heated room full of close to 200 people, who voiced their concerns over the current interim principal at the school, Angela Horne.

The Department of Education placed Horne as interim president for the school this week. She has been teaching at the school since 2016. The previous principal left in April.

A student at the school, junior Jake Sanavich, said he's had plenty of interactions with her.

"When I've tried to have a conversation with her, her receptive skills are not all there. So, we actually have to kind of drop down on our signing levels and have to sign a little bit slower," Sanavich said.

However, Scott Koeningsknecht, who works with the Michigan Department of Education, said he believes Horne meets the standards needed at the school.

"She has taught for about three years and brings American Sign Language Skills," Koeningsknecht said.

Although Horne is the interim principal for now, the Department of Education said they hope to fill the position before the start of the school year.

The Department of Education said the search for a principal could take a year, and they'll be having another meeting July 9 at the school.