Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Inappropriate gift gets Oilton Principal demoted

OK,  OK, it wasn't probably this obvious.

The Laredo Morning Times reported this morning that Oilton's elementary school principal was demoted for giving a secretary a gift basket which containted some bottles of beer. The prinicipal and the gift recipient both professed not knowing what was actually in the gift basket but the Webb County Consolidated Independent School District still voted to demote her to the position of assistant principal.

According to the Laredo Morning Times:

This was clearly a violation of policy and disciplinary action was not unwarranted, but I couldn't help but wonder how the SuperIntendent of WCISD just happend to be at the school and just happend to see the basket. Is she always so vigilant or did some busybody not friendly to the principal/secretary call in a tip?
Josefina Castillo, the principal, had given the secretary the basket while at the school during working hours April 27, Administrative Professionals Day. Both claimed they were unaware of the contents of the gift basket.

But Severita Sanchez, Webb Consolidated Independent School District superintendent, who saw the basket at the school, said disciplinary action was needed because possession of alcohol on school property is a violation of school district policy.

Late Monday, Sanchez briefed WCISD trustees in closed session on the disciplinary action that would be taken against Castillo. On Tuesday, Sanchez said she had decided to reassign Castillo to an assistant principal position.

Possible disciplinary action against other employees is pending.

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