Thursday, January 23, 2014

Allegations, Lawsuit and Resignations in Magic Valley School District

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Two resignations—one from a Magic Valley high school and another from the school district's superintendent—came in the wake of allegations that the high school's secretary was "racially biased and partial to certain students."

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Gooding High School Principal Chris Comstock submitted his resignation Jan. 14 and Superintendent Heather Williams turned in her resignation two days later.

In the spring 2013, a parent of a Gooding High School student filed a complaint, alleging that Angela Jones, the Gooding High secretary, was "racially biased." Investigators cleared Jones of the accusations, but recommended that she be transferred and also cited Comstock, as principal, for "lack of leadership" and failing to identify "appropriate expectations" for the secretary. The investigators also said that Jones was disrespectful and unprofessional toward certain students and parents.

Comstock has since filed a lawsuit against the district and the district Board of Education, alleging vioaltions of open meeting laws.

But in the meantime, the district has two key job openings.

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