Cabrillo High School Principal Jeff Wagonseller has been placed on administrative leave, a source with knowledge of the situation revealed Thursday.

John Karbula, an assistant superintendent with Lompoc Unified School District, would neither confirm nor deny the move, saying only that “this is a personnel matter and we’re unable to comment any further.”

Karbula did confirm, however, that Sue Pettis, an assistant principal at Cabrillo High, has taken over as the school’s interim principal.

The staff at Cabrillo High was notified of the situation during an emergency meeting Thursday morning, according to the source. Several members of the staff were reportedly upset by the news.

Wagonseller has been principal at Cabrillo High since the start of the 2014-15 school year. He held different administrative positions at the school for five years before that, and also served as principal at Lompoc Valley Middle School. He has 18 years of experience in school administration, according to his biography on the Cabrillo High School website.

Prior to arriving in Lompoc, Wagonseller was a coach and educator at a high school in Nevada. He reportedly resigned from that position in 2000 amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a former student.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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