A complaint was filed against a superintendent with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that his certification was subject to sanctions because he failed to make reports to SBEC about reports of potential misconduct made against teachers in the district. A superintendent of a school district is required to file a report with SBEC within seven calendar days of knowing that an educator has resigned or been terminated based on evidence that the educator engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student or minor. Before accepting a resignation under these circumstances, the superintendent is required to notify the teacher in writing that a report will be filed and that sanctions may result.

The superintendent requested a hearing regarding the complaint before the State Office of Administrative Hearings to contest the imposition of sanctions on his certification.

After the hearing, the judge found that a few days after becoming superintendent, a report was made that a teacher had “thumped a student behind the head.” The teacher was placed on leave and, following an investigation, was transferred to another school. At the new school, the teacher made an inappropriate comment about a child’s weight and was again suspended. The teacher resigned. The superintendent did not notify the teacher that SBEC would be notified and did not notify SBEC of the teacher’s resignation.

The judge also found that a complaint was made against a different teacher in the district. The allegation was that the teacher had kissed a student. The teacher was suspended and the superintendent contacted the police. A report also was made to Child Protective Services. The teacher’s employment was terminated. However, the superintendent did not notify SBEC of the teacher’s termination within seven calendar days.

After hearing the complaint and the evidence, the judge recommended that SBEC sanction the superintendent’s certificate. SBEC will consider and vote on that recommendation at an upcoming meeting.