Aug 13, 2010 7:20 PM by Nicole Vandeputte

Teachers accused of inappropriate relationships in District 60

We've learned of two big developments in Pueblo school district 60. Two teachers were recently accused of having inappropriate relationships with students. On Thursday night the Superintendent Emeritus of the magnet schools was abruptly fired, even though the district will still have to pay off her $185,000 contract.

We asked School board president Stephanie Garcia if the two are connected. She said, "No comment." The public information officer for District 60 says both are personnel issues, so they can't comment.
Pueblo police have closed the case against the teachers, and gave us a copy of the police report.
In late July, a woman told police she was concerned about the relationship her 16 year old daughter was having with her teacher at East High School. Police interviewed them both. Police say the teen was hired by the teacher to do some work at his house. They also say the two developed a close relationship. Police, however, determined there was no crime.

They did write in the report that they were concerned with this relationship, especially since both would be back at East High School this school year. During that investigation, police say they were told about another teacher in the district who had sex with a student. They investigated that, and found no evidence of a relationship.
Police say they sent a copy of their report to district officials noting their concerns.
About 3 weeks later, Kathy West, the superintendent of D-60 magnet schools was fired. She was head of District 60 schools until June, and then took the job of  Superintendent Emeritus of the district's magnet schools. On Thursday night, the board voted unanimously to terminate her contract.

Board president Stephanie Garcia wouldn't say why, calling it a personnel issue.

Garcia says West will still get paid through October of 2011, a total of $185,000. It was in her contract. That salary was going to be paid through grants, but it won't now. Garcia says they are now discussing ways to pay that $185,000.

The public information officer for District 60 says they can't tell us whether or not those teachers are still working in the district.


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