Sunday, June 03, 2012

Another Scandal-Ridden School Superintendent Bites the Dust

and resigns in embarrassment.

If this had been a teacher, that person would have been fired outright and probably had sanctions on her teaching license. Administrators, though, are given slaps on the wrist. This sup thought she could actually go on as if nothing had happened and resign regardless of whether she left a paper or a cyber trail.


When Sebring abruptly resigned from the Des Moines Public Schools on May 10, she publicly cited a need to prepare for the transition to the Omaha superintendent job.

At the time, Des Moines officials did not disclose that discovery of the explicit emails had prompted her resignation. The Des Moines school board chairwoman, Teree Caldwell-Johnson, issued a statement saying: “We understand and appreciate her wish to have some additional time as she prepares for her transition to Omaha and we support her request to make that happen.”

But the Des Moines district revealed Friday that district staff had found sexually explicit emails between Sebring, who is married, and a married man.

The district uncovered the emails while responding to a public records request from The World-Herald relating to her preparations for the Omaha job.

The explicit emails, which The World-Herald obtained Saturday, were exchanged over a period running from March into May and described, sometimes in graphic detail, their “wonderful physical connection,” as Sebring said in one email.


The issue, of course, isn't the emails, racy as they may be. It's the fact she used school district computers for personal use that is. It's a big no-no in public employment.

Another story is at the Des Moines Register.

Maree Sneed, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who represents school districts, said Sebring’s violation of her employer’s Internet-use policy was something she’s “never seen before — not at that level” as a district superintendent.

“This is really a cautionary tale for all school administrators,” she said. “This is something that’ll probably be looked at nationally.”

Daniel Domench, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, said lapses in judgment on the job can be hard to overcome in the education sector.

“Particularly at the school district level, a superintendent should be beyond reproach,” Domench said.

They "should" be, but they never are. They aren't held accountable to anybody. They think they can pull something like this and then waltz on to another position.

Sebring will get another sup job. Count on it. She's probably applied for the WCSD sup job.

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