Arbitrator: Middleton-Cross Plains must reinstate teacher who viewed porn at work
MATTHEW DeFOUR | Wisconsin State Journal | [email protected] | 608-252-6144 | Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:00 pm
The Middleton-Cross Plains School District shouldn’t have fired a teacher who viewed pornographic images at work and must reinstate him with back pay and benefits — estimated at about $200,000 — an arbitrator has ruled.
Superintendent Don Johnson and the School Board said in a joint statement Wednesday they were disappointed in the decision by a private arbitrator. They plan to discuss whether to appeal the decision at a meeting scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m.
“This ruling completely minimizes conduct that cannot be tolerated,” the statement said. “It sends the message that it is acceptable for employees to view pornography at school, during the student-school day, on school equipment. It also flies in the face of the need to provide a professional work environment and a safe place to educate our children.”
Willie Haus, an attorney representing the Middleton Education Association, said the union’s position was not that Harris was blameless, but that the punishment was excessive.
“We all know what happened here and it’s time to move forward,” Haus said.
Middleton has spent about $343,000 in legal fees on the case and is expected to spend another $25,000 for the arbitrator, spokesman Perry Hibner said. The district estimates back pay and benefits for Harris through the end of this year would total more than $195,000. Back pay and benefits for the two teachers suspended a total of 22 days would cost about $9,200, the district said.
WUPN: Sure must make you teachers feel proud of your union and it’s leaders. What will teachers do next at school, brothels? Rotten apples are always thrown out. Funny how teachers want Scott Walker thrown out for doing his job and look at porn in school and they say, no problem.
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