Saturday, March 1, 2014

Idaho School Superintendent Accused of Ethics Violation in Political Announcement

Posted By on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

An Idaho school superintendent is being accused by one of his former teachers of violating a code of ethics for using his position to advance his political aspirations.

The Independent-Enterprise printed a list of New Year's resolutions on Jan. 22, offering Western Idaho school superintendents and mayors the opportunity to publish their list of priorities. But New Plymouth School Superintendent Ryan Kerby's first resolution was to "get elected Representative in Legislative District 9."

That's violates the code of ethics from the America Association of School Administrators, according to Fred Byers, also of New Plymouth. Byers said the code of ethics states an administrator will "avoid using his/her position for personal gain through political, social, religious, economic or other influences."

The Independent-Enterprise says the request clearly asked Kerby and his counterparts to write "what they would like to see happen in their school districts."

But Kerby pushed back, saying it was his understanding that he was asked "about some personal New Year's resolutions." Kerby also said that Byers is "a former employee of the district who was fired and is angry."

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Education told the Independent Enterprise that if Byers wants to submit a complaint against Kerby, an investigation would follow.

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