Erie News Now has learned from multiple sources that a plan is under consideration to transfer longtime dean of Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy Jim Vieira to East Middle School.

Sources say at issue is a letter Dean Vieira sent to his faculty team leaders, that apparently ruffled the feathers of union leaders with the Erie Education Association, as well as administrators of Erie's Public Schools.

The letter was in response to the proposed elimination of a Memorandum of Understanding for faculty at NW PA Collegiate Academy that was tied to the teacher's union contract. The memorandum detailed higher standards for Collegiate Academy faculty, including required attendance at four school events: open house, graduation, an annual excellence ceremony and freshman scheduling.

According to our sources, faculty saw the letter as encouragement to keep standards high at Collegiate Academy in spite of the change, while union leadership believed it was a ploy to influence teacher votes on the contract.

Sources say the administration was also displeased with the letter.  We were unable to reach Superintendent Brian Polito for comment.

The new two year contract was approved by members of the EEA, and is awaiting ratification by the full school board at a meeting this Wednesday.  

Vieira has been part of the leadership team of NW PA Collegiate Academy for 20 years, serving as dean since 2012. Collegiate Academy is consistently ranked among the top high schools in the state.  Erie News Now reached out to Vieira, but he declined to comment.

Some former students have launched an email writing campaign to advocate for Dean Vieira to stay in his post.  

The proposed transfer of the dean is not listed on the school board agenda, although an executive session is included and there are items on the agenda that reference non-instructional personnel.