Penta suspends teacher for conduct PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:28
PERRYSBURG - A marketing education instructor at Penta Career Center is suspended without pay during termination proceedings for inappropriate conduct.
Lisa Bell has taught at Penta for 10 1/2 years, and has worked with the DECA program.
The Penta Board of Education took the action after a 1 1/2-hour executive session during Wednesday's regular meeting.
The resolution, passed unanimously by the board, indicated the board believed the conduct of Bell constitutes grounds for termination.
Bell was at the meeting.
The list of offenses she is accused of include inappropriate and profane language and inappropriate comments to a student or students in her classroom and during DECA leadership conference field trips. She also has reportedly been confrontational and intimidating in the classroom and on field trips, and has engaged in inappropriate conduct in the presence of students, colleagues and/or parents in her classroom and during field trips.
Penta Superintendent Ron Matter would no comment on the type of profane language Bell is accused of using.
She also apparently shared confidential information about students with a field trip chaperone, has played inappropriate music in her classroom when students are present, and has shared student test scores with other students in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
Bell also reportedly agreed in her "last chance agreement" to provide a checklist of bank deposits to ensure accuracy, but has not provided such a checklist and continued to make errors in deposits.
Matter also refused to comment on what program the deposits were for.
Bell had previously been disciplined for inappropriate and unprofessional communications with students and colleagues and was given a "last chance agreement" in March 2011 and again in November 2012 with the understanding that she "communicate with students in a professional and respectful manner at ALL times and in ALL circumstances," said the resolution. She was told in November that additional reports of inappropriate language, berating, disrespectful or other inappropriate communications would result in a recommendation for termination.
Matter did explain that a "last chance agreement" must be followed if the employee wants to continue employment at Penta.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 11:46

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