Multiple sources have confirmed with Tallahassee Reports that officials from the Florida Department of Education Office of Professional Practice Services (PPS) were at Gilchrist Elementary School today interviewing teachers about a matter related to former principal David Solz.
It appears that at least eight teachers were scheduled to be interviewed.
Solz was removed as Gilchrist’s principal last summer after TR published a story about an inappropriate relationship with a married teacher.
After an internal investigation last year, Leon County Schools verified the relationship and stated the relationship was self-reported by Solz.
TR previously reported there was conflicting information about the specifics of the timing of when school officials were notified about the relationship.
Solz is currently working for Leon County Schools in the District office.
TR requested all documents related to the internal investigation in September 2018 and was provided notes from an interview with the teacher involved with Solz.
TR was told Solz was interviewed by Superintendent Rocky Hanna about the relationship and no notes were available. No other interviews were conducted.
TR was also provided notes from an interview of Solz conducted by District officials related to a different relationship in April 2018.
On September 4, 2018 LCS forwarded information to the PPS which included letters from Superintendent Hanna and an anonymous email sent to LCS Board member Alva Striplin detailing other allegations that Solz has denied.
PPS investigates alleged misconduct by educators in Florida who hold an educator’s certificate and pursues disciplinary actions against the educators found to have committed acts of misconduct.
The PPS investigates when facts are presented which show a violation has occurred as provided in s. 1012.796, Florida Statutes, and defined by rules of the State Board of Education.
Such facts provide the basis to further investigate whether the educator has broken the law or violated the Principles of Professional Conduct.
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