Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tonganoxie school board lifts administrators’ suspensions

March 13, 2007

Two Tonganoxie school administrators who were suspended last week were eligible to return to work today.

Tonganoxie High School Principal Tatia Shelton and Tonganoxie Middle School Assistant Principal Darren Neas each were suspended for three days -- from Thursday through Monday.

Following a two-hour executive session at Monday night's school board meeting, Tonganoxie Superintendent Richard Erickson announced the suspension had ended.

"The suspension of administrators was imposed to allow for adequate investigation of facts that came to my attention," Erickson said. "After the completion of a diligent investigation, it does not appear that the individuals involved violated any board policy to justify any further suspension at this point."

Shelton has been THS principal since 2004. She came to Tonganoxie from Garden City, where she served a year as an assistant principal with the title dean of students. She also taught high school biology for nine years in the Rock Creek school district near Manhattan.

Shelton has a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Kansas State University. She earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Neas began work with the Tonganoxie district in 1999 and has been assistant principal at the middle school since 2001.

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