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Two Linked to Leak Resign from District 186
Two of the three employees Springfield Police believe are linked to the release of Capital College Preparatory Academy student test scores no longer work in District 186. The two are named by the district and in the police report, but we've decided not to name them at this time because they are not charged with a crime.
Also, these employees resigned, and the board voted unanimously to accept their resignations. They weren't fired even though some CCPA parents demanded that they be fired. A total of five people signed up to speak on the test score leak-- even after the interim superintendent made it clear that at least some of these employees would no longer work for the district. Most of the parents still had to speak their minds about the situation.
"My trust in district and board shaken. Trust and integrity are foundation to any organization and especially one who serves the community. Every parent and student should be apologized to personally," CCPA parent Sherrie Gary said.
"The breach that we had it shouldn't have happened. How sorry I am to the parents that it did happen, and my hope would you be that give us another chance," interim superintendent Bob Leming said.
The board adopted two resolutions about the scores. One introduced by Bill Looby makes it clear that committee members do not have access to student information-- like test scores. The other--- introduced by Candace Mueller-- offers a personal apology to those affected by the test score leak. A third employee also linked by Springfield Police to the leak is expected to be dealt with at the next board meeting.
The board made progress in other areas---approving the amended budget for this school year with not much change on the $11-million deficit. We also learned the district should be able to receive full recognition and be in compliance with the Regional Superintendent's Office by the end of the school year.
There's no update on the superintendent search, but the board did schedule a public meeting to get public input. That will happen Saturday, May 4th at the district office. The very next day - May 5th - is when the new school board takes over.