Thomas Tucker, the outgoing superintendent of Douglas County Faculty District, was positioned on paid administrative go away in early September following an allegation of office discrimination and subsequent investigation.
On Sept. 1, the board of schooling acquired a grievance of office discrimination towards Tucker from a district worker, in line with an announcement from Douglas County Faculty District. One week later, Tucker introduced his resignation citing private and household causes.
“Per DCSD coverage and according to finest follow, the board of schooling instantly positioned Dr. Tucker on paid administrative go away and retained a third-party investigator to conduct a good and neutral investigation of the allegations,” the assertion mentioned. The investigation is ongoing.
Tucker couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. However in a particular assembly of the board of schooling, Tucker known as his resignation a private choice. His rapid household lives in Ohio and his mom, who resides in Arkansas, is going through well being points, Tucker mentioned.
“To be very clear, the Doug County Faculty Board of Schooling has not requested me to resign,” Tucker mentioned. “That is my choice and, for some, please don’t be so fast to guage.”
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In an interview with Colorado Group Media, which first reported Tucker was being investigated for “improper conduct,” the outgoing superintendent mentioned his go away was a matter of district protocol. He’s anticipated to stay on go away till his resignation turns into efficient Sept. 30.
“There’s nothing in that letter that claims there’s any wrongdoing on my half,” Tucker mentioned, referring to a letter about administrative go away he acquired from board President David Ray. “That’s a kind letter that goes out any time there’s a grievance.”
Requested if that is the primary grievance towards Tucker, a district spokesperson mentioned, “As it is a personnel matter, we can not present extra data at the moment.”
Tucker joined Douglas County Faculty District in 2018 after serving as superintendent of Princeton Metropolis Colleges within the Cincinnati suburbs. He was the primary Black upper-level administrator in a significant central Ohio district and was the primary to carry the superintendent’s chair in two Ohio districts, The Denver Submit reported on the time.