Investigation clears Simpson from Rhoades allegations – Information – The Every day Telegram – Adrian, MI


TECUMSEH — Formal complaints by Superintendent Ryan Rhoades in opposition to Tecumseh Public Faculties board president Tim Simpson have been discovered to not be credible in accordance with a third-party investigation.

The revelation was made by board vice chairman Becky Brooks at a daily board assembly Monday, following a prolonged closed session assembly with the board’s lawyer.

Brooks stated as a result of Rhoades’ allegations in opposition to Simpson have been made public by a Freedom of Data Act (FOIA) request final month — previous to the conclusion of the investigation by Recon Administration Group — the board felt it essential to publicly launch the part addressing these allegations previous to the complete report’s launch.

“I didn’t substantiate Mr. Rhoades’ allegations that Mr. Simpson directed him to unlawfully goal staff, to falsify data in a board assembly, to violate FOIA or every other legislation or to in any other case suppress pupil data,” Brooks learn from the investigator’s conclusion. “I didn’t discover credible the allegations that the board president violated any legislation.”

Rhoades, who has been on paid, non-disciplinary administrative depart since March 26, despatched a prolonged formal criticism in an e mail to board members and human assets director JoAnna Keebler April 17 revealing the accusations in opposition to Simpson that he was hesitant to disclose to the investigator when he was interviewed for the investigation.

The accusations included that Simpson falsified public board assembly data, instructed Rhoades to not share data with different board members that was essential to their positions, admitted to violating the legal guidelines surrounding his place on a number of events and of instructing Rhoades to focus on and terminate TPS staff.

This, Rhoades claimed, was achieved beneath duress of threatening his employment on the district. He wrote that he possessed recordings that he was keen to share with investigators however couldn’t when he was interviewed.

Rhoades wrote within the e mail that he felt he wanted to carry the data to gentle however was dissuaded by the presence of a Tecumseh Police officer at his interview.

“… Due to the presence of the police officer, I used to be unwilling to brazenly share these complaints,” Rhoades wrote within the e mail. “Mr. Simpson on quite a few instances has said that he has private connections contained in the Tecumseh Police Division that leak data to him (i.e., Invoice Swift allegations). Subsequently, I had no belief within the course of for the primary interview.”

Tecumseh Police Chief Brett Coker stated that the investigator requested the officer to be within the room through the interview and that Rhoades’ was the one interview an officer was current for.

In response to Simpson, TPS workplace workers requested the presence of College Useful resource Officer Chad Rodgers within the administrative constructing on the time of the interview. Rodgers was unavailable on the time and contacted the division to have one other officer on the constructing.

The investigator — unaware what the police officer was there for — pulled the officer into the interview room all through Rhoades interview.

Following the letter being despatched to the board, Rhoades was reinterviewed with out a police officer current.

A number of makes an attempt to contact the investigator with Recon Administration Group by The Every day Telegram weren’t returned.

The board additionally voted on a schedule for releasing the whole investigation report. The report, which took months to finish, can be accessible by appointment solely to be considered by worker witnesses and events to the criticism at midday Wednesday till 5 p.m. Thursday. No telephones or digital units can be allowed into the evaluation space.

The district will start processing FOIA requests and launch the report back to the media beginning midday Thursday.

The method was authorised in a unanimous vote by the board previous to adjourning the night time’s assembly at 9:22 p.m.