Mrs. Dignan assumed the position in January 1996, when the school and the children desperately needed a temporary principal to fill the void when Sr. Clare, OSF, vacated her post at 11:00 p.m. on the night of January 15th. Mrs. Dignan fell into her new position with a sincere dedication and determination to make the school great. She completed her academic requirements at St. Mary's University in record time with high honors and fulfilled the "new" principal standards imposed upon "new" schools by the Catholic Schools Office, which at the time only applied to us.An informant says the departure of the Panhandle Sisters caused a controversy that resulted in families leaving the parish, but it isn't clear whether the 1996 controversies over the school were the cause of Abp Flores's attempt to remove Fr Phillips or whether this was a separate episode.
Many thanks to visitors for raising questions and resolving puzzles here. Again, if anyone has more information on these or other circumstances, it will be greatly appreciated.