ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The former principal at Grand Center Arts Academy spoke exclusively with Fox 2 about being fired.
Lynne Glickert was let go because of a difference in philosophy, according to the board.
"It came as a complete shock to me," Gilckert said. "I was given a new contract two weeks before I was let go."
The move sparked several protests outside the school led by supporters of Glickert.
Protesters were also upset about who the board decided to hire in place of Glickert.
She was initially replaced by Dr. Louise Losos. Dr. Losos was the principal at Clayton High School until she was accused of creating a fake Facebook page to spy on students.
However, after the protests Dr. Losos and the board of directors mutually decided that she would not become principal.
But the board reaffirmed its decision to part ways with Glickert.
According to the board Glickert and all administrators were accidentally sent new contracts before job evaluations were completed.
Those contracts were recalled and Glickert's was not renewed, according to the board.
"I feel like this is the baby I have birthed being taken away," Glickert said. "It is so hard."
Glickert is the only principal the school has had since opening.
The board said a comprehensive search for a new principal would begin right away.
Dr. Losos has declined to speak with media about the issue, according to the board.