The worst this school superintendent will get is a reprimand on her administrative license.
More than the bus deal, allowing unlicensed personnel to perform licensed personnel functions is a fairly serious charge.
An Oregon State University instructor aware of the complaint against Rickert said he believes she is being charged with misconduct for allowing unlicensed counselors to perform counselor duties.
Gene Eakin, who is also an advocacy chairman for the Oregon School Counselors Association, said he has spoken with people in Eagle Point who are concerned that the district has only two counselors for its more than 4,000 students.
The district eliminated elementary and middle school counselors during budget cuts in the 2009-10 school year.
An Oregon administrative rule that Eakin helped write includes a requirement that schools must "assign guidance and counseling responsibilities to the appropriate personnel" and "provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling program" at every grade level.
Mannenbach lodged a complaint with the Oregon Department of Education about the lack of counselors in October 2010, but by that December the ODE announced that the district was in compliance with state laws.