Two Spencer school district employees served short-term suspensions

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By Mallory Bilger

The public can know very little about the recent short-term suspensions of two Spencer County Schools employees, but Superintendent Chuck Adams said that child safety was not compromised in either situation.
Documents approved in the consent agenda by the Board of Education on July 23 revealed that Bear Care child care worker LeDora Holbrook was suspended with pay from July 12-20 and suspended without pay July 25-27.  Spencer County Middle School principal Ed Downs was also suspended without pay July 19-20.
Adams cited that sharing detailed information about either situation would violate the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act. Kentucky Open Meetings laws also allow for the discussion of specific personnel issues to be held in executive session, during which the media nor the public are permitted to attend.
The Spencer Magnet attempted to contact Bear Care director Allyson Berry via phone and email regarding Holbrook’s suspension, but neither was returned.
Downs returned an email seeking comment on his situation.
“Mr. Adams summed it up,” Downs wrote. “I self-reported a personal indiscretion to him. It did not involve school or students.”
Each month, the board of education agenda includes under its consent agenda personnel actions which includes information on itinerant employees, new hires, resignations, retirements, suspensions, terminations, transfers, demotions and rescissions.