Busby school administrator fired, but refuses to leave

2010-02-16T17:25:00Z Busby school administrator fired, but refuses to leaveROB ROGERS Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 16, 2010 5:25 pm  • 

The Northern Cheyenne Tribal School Board in Busby voted Thursday to fire its principal/superintendent, but the administrator, Elberta Monroe, has refused to leave.

Monroe, who was hired in September, has continued to show up to work this week.

When asked about the status of her position at the school Tuesday afternoon, Monroe declined to comment.

Earlier this month, the board formed a three-member grievance committee to investigate 13 complaints brought against Monroe by school staff and community members.

They allege Monroe does not have the necessary state credential to work as a superintendent/principal; that she has non-credentialed teachers leading core classes at the school; that Monroe failed to complete on time a “satisfactory accreditation report” to the state’s Office of Public Instruction; and that she falsified a report to OPI that stated she had conducted teacher in-service training for staff when she hadn’t.

In a rebuttal included in the report, Monroe only addresses the issues of credentialed teachers at the school. She told the committee the high school has no certified vocational education teacher but that basic education classes at the elementary school level are taught by certified teachers.

She did not respond to the other allegations.

The report states Monroe does not have a state superintendent credential and that a breakdown in “professionalism, ethics, conduct and communication” occurred at the school.

The report concludes with the decision to terminate Monroe for contract violation.

Meredith McConnell, board trustee and chairwoman of the grievance committee, acknowledged the report’s find-ings but declined to elaborate.

Sandy Spang, whose great-granddaughter attends the school, is one of the community members upset about the school’s direction since Monroe took over.

“I don’t want that school to go down,” she said. “It’s a good school. I just feel that it needs a good administrator.”

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or at 406-657-1231.

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