Results of teacher misconduct investigation expected in two weeks

Kamloops Daily News
April 20, 2012 01:00 AM

Pinantan parents hope the Kamloops-Thompson School District won't come down too hard on their elementary school teachers when results of a misconduct investigation are revealed in two weeks.

"Hopefully nothing happens to them because we think our teachers are great up here," Louise Harwood said Friday.

Harwood and fellow parent Susan Boersma drafted a petition opposing Bill 22. They fear the petition is what led the school district to investigate possible teacher misconduct at Pinantan elementary last month.

That investigation concluded two weeks ago and a report sits on school district Supt. Terry Sullivan's desk. Sullivan told The Daily News the report's findings will be made public in two weeks.

When asked about the delay, Sullivan said the report deals with personnel issues that have yet to be resolved. He declined to comment further.

When the question was asked to Kamloops-Thompson Teachers' Association president Jason Karpuk, he said the matter is ongoing.

School district staff interviewed students, teachers and staff over allegations that on March 2 teachers divided 48 students into two classes - from their normal three classes - for a day to show what new rules around class composition would look like.

Harwood doesn't see what the fuss is about. She said everyone else is allowed to speak his or her mind about the bill. Teachers should be able to as well.

The petition asked the province to stop the contentious bill legislating striking B.C. teachers back to work and from introducing a mediator into the contract negotiation dispute between teachers and the province.

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