Last night the Celina Board Of Education approved the termination of the teaching contract for Gregg Fledderjohann, a High School Intervention teacher, who previously served as a 3rd Grade teacher. In a resolution, the BOE contended that in December of 2016, Fledderjohann submitted a report to the Ohio Department of Education that contained allegations toward staff members he knew were false or were intentional misrepresentations of events pertaining to last year’s A.I.R. tests. The board made its decision following an investigation and an executive session at a special board meeting last week.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Celina City School District, Celina, Ohio that:
Section 1. It is the intention of the Board of Education to consider the termination of the teaching and supplemental contracts of Gregg Fledderjohann (hereinafter “Mr. Fledderjohann”) on the basis of good and just cause within the meaning of O.R.C. §3319.16. The specifications of grounds for such consideration are as follows:
- On or about December 28, 2016, Mr. Fledderjohann submitted a report to the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) that contained allegations regarding staff members that he knew were false and/or were intentional misrepresentations of events when he stated that, during the American Institutes of Research (“AIR”) assessment, Jason Luebke (“Mr. Luebke”) was fully aware of and present during, alleged misconduct by Jenna Hodge (“Ms. Hodge”) and Principal Corey Ahrens (“Principal Ahrens”).
- On or about December 28, 2016, Mr. Fledderjohann submitted a report to ODE that contained allegations that he knew were false and/or were intentional misrepresentations of events, when he stated that during the AIR assessment, Principal Ahrens “logged students back in after they were done with the test and told them to go over and reread the script and answers so the students could revise their answers” if needed.
- On or about December 28, 2016, Mr. Fledderjohann submitted a report to ODE that contained allegations he knew were false and/or were intentional misrepresentations of events, when he stated that during the AIR assessment, Ms. Hodge left writing prompts posted in her classroom during the test and told other teachers to leave posters and prompts up during the test.
- On or about December 28, 2016, Mr. Fledderjohann submitted a report to ODE that contained allegations he knew were false and/or were intentional misrepresentations of events, when he stated that while in the teachers’ lounge after the AIR assessment, he and other teachers heard Ms. Hodge state “It’s ok to tell and have students go back and change answers, make sure you do ‘B’ in questions so and so as long as ‘I’ don’t push the buttons. I checked all my student’s [sic] tests when I found out some skipped ‘B.’”
- On or about January 19, 2017, Mr. Fledderjohann knowingly or willfully made a false statement during an investigation by stating that, without a request by Mr. Fledderjohann for assistance, Principal Ahrens entered his classroom during the administration of the AIR assessment to require a female student who Principal Ahrens believed had completed the test early to retake the test.
- On or about January 19, 2017, Mr. Fledderjohann knowingly or willfully made a false statement during an investigation by stating that, after the AIR assessment was administered, he was in the teachers’ lounge when Ms. Hodge was talking to other staff members regarding a question about Belgium, and that Ms. Hodge made a statement to the effect, “As soon as my first students were done with Part B and I found out there was a Part B, I had all my students go back and do Part B,” and that Ms. Hodge further stated, “It’s okay to tell your students what buttons to push as long as you don’t push the buttons or touch the keyboard.”
- Mr. Fledderjohann failed to report his allegations of test security violations to a District Test Coordinator, a Building Test Coordinator, or the building principal.
- Mr. Fledderjohann’s conduct violates:
- Board Policy 8900, Anti-Fraud, which states, “[t]he Board of Education expects all its employees to be honest and ethical in their conduct and to refrain from engaging in activities which may be fraudulent, illegal, or otherwise unethical.” The Policy further states that, “[f]raud and fraudulent activity are strictly prohibited.”
- Board Policy 3210, Staff Ethics, which requires professional staff members to “comply with written Board policies, administrative guidelines, or applicable laws and regulations” and to “refrain from knowingly or willfully making false statements about a colleague or the District.”
- Administrative Guideline 2623B, Security Provisions for Statewide Assessments, which states, “[i]f any examiner, adult monitor, or other professional staff member has reason to believe that there has been an assessment security violation or any alleged unethical testing practice committed by a student or other person, s/he shall contact the BTC, DTC and/or building principal immediately and provide the names of the alleged violators and the nature of the alleged violation(s).”
- Board Policy Test Security Sign-Off, which Mr. Fledderjohann signed, stating that he would comply with Administrative Guideline 2623 B and immediately report any allegations of assessment security violations or alleged unethical testing practices.”
- Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators, Section 1, Professional Behavior, which provides that conduct unbecoming includes, but is not limited to, “[f]ailing to adhere to the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators.
- Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators, Section 1, Professional Behavior, which provides that conduct unbecoming includes, but is not limited to, “[v]iolating local, state or federal procedures related to the security of standardized tests, test supplies or resources.”
- Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators, Section 3, Accurate Reporting, which provides that conduct unbecoming includes, but is not limited to, “[f]alsifying, intentionally misrepresenting, willfully omitting or being negligent in reporting information submitted to federal, state, and other governmental agencies….”
- Mr. Fledderjohann’s disciplinary history, which includes the following:
- September 8, 2016 Written Reprimand and Directive – Accusing another staff member of taking classroom supplies from his classroom and conversing with the staff member in a tone she found threatening.
- February 9, 2016 Written Reprimand and Directive – Asking students to keep secrets from their parents, removing a student from the classroom when the student told the secret to a parent, directed not to refer to student’s personally identifiable information, and directed to use educationally appropriate words when speaking to students.
- October 31, 2005 Written Reprimand – Taping students to chairs and putting rubber bands around a student’s ankles.
Section 2. The Board reserves the right to supplement the grounds for termination should any new information concerning the grounds for termination become available.
Section 3. Mr. Fledderjohann was provided with written notice of the allegations which form the specifications for this action on August 16, 2017. On September 5, 2017, Mr. Fledderjohann was provided an informal due process hearing before the Superintendent as required by the U.S. Constitution to respond to the allegations.
Section 4. The Treasurer of the Board is hereby authorized and directed to furnish the Employee with written notice of the Board’s intention to consider the termination of his teaching and supplemental contracts upon the above stated grounds and specifications.
Section 5. The nature of this matter warrants suspension of Mr. Fledderjohann from all teaching and supplemental contract duties pending final Board action upon such termination. Accordingly, Mr. Fledderjohann is hereby suspended without pay and without benefits from all duties until further notice, effective immediately. The Treasurer is directed to provide Mr. Fledderjohann with written notice of this action by regular and certified mail.
Section 6. It is found and determined that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the adoption of this resolution were adopted in an open meeting of this Board, and that all deliberations of this Board and any of its committees that resulted in such formal action were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements including O.R.C. §121.22.
From Celina City School Superintendent Dr. Ken Schmiesing
In working with our Construction Manager at Risk, Peterson Construction Company, they awarded Bruns the Early Site Package for the Tri Star 2.0 project.The Groundbreaking ceremony is this Friday at 1:00 pm at the site. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved into Dicke Hall on the Wright State Lake Campus.The executive session was a discussion by the Board in respect to a public employee’s or official’s employment, dismissal, and/or discipline.
No name of the person being discussed have been released to the public.
(9-11-17) The Celina City Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Education Complex Conference Room.
An executive session will be held to discuss an employment issue, including dismissal or discipline issues. No names are made public at this time.
The board will also look to approve an amendment with the Peterson Construction Company on the Tri Star 2.0 project.