The Wreckage at Ames School, Riverside — I

“District 96 reversed itself on firing teacher after abuse allegations determined as unfounded”

It is an awful story and sad for all.  My comment:

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Robling

Let’s get this straight:

According to this article, Colleen Lieegi has falsely reported child sex abuse involving her
ex-husband, a D96 teacher and neighbors.

Lieggi hired a D96 teacher to babysit her kids. The teacher performed D96 work in the principal’s home on one
of her children, while babysitting. Upon an unwelcome result, Lieggi reported child sex abuse involving the teacher. She then attempted a retaliatory firing against the teacher.

This went through our superintendent, who issued a formal D96 document to the effect. But in time that document was withdrawn and superseded by a D96 pledge to pay according to the teacher contract and to pay
the teacher’s attorney.

Our Board president, Mary Ellen Meindl, looks at this and says, “My concern is if any of this is a personnel issue relating to District 96 and, no, it is not.”


Not surprising, since Ms. Meindl has thrown the shredder switch three times after legally receiving
the police reports of the errant principal.

As for the neighbors, they were out of town when the child sex abuse that Lieggi ‘mandatorily reported’ was
supposed to have taken pace.

And as for the ex-spouse, he has been given a clean slate by investigators.

The Board is protecting the principal who made false reports. ‘”Her job is in no jeopardy,” said school board President
Mary Ellen Meindl.’

The Board has profoundly failed the community and all D96 parents. It should ask itself, “if we were interviewing Colleen Lieggi and we knew of these false reports and other judgment errors, would we hire her?”

If a Board member answers “yes,” then he or she is unfit to serve.

Ames principal Colleen Lieggi either is a stone cold liar or needs intensive counseling. Hiding behind her mandatory reporter status and blaming her children indicate very serious needs, the treatment of which is incompatible
with her position, responsibilities and judgment of her office.

I do not have a child in her care, but if I did I would insist she step down or the child be transferred. Lieggi’s actions are irreconcilable with the discretion over children that goes with her position. Her babysitting arrangement alone
implicates her managerial and institutional leadership. The false reports implicate her stability.

The D96 Board has failed the parents it represents, it must return to the topic and end Lieggi’s association with our

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