The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) – through Richard Corcoran, the Commissioner of Education – has filed an administrative complaint against Leon County Schools principal David Solz for engaging in a sexual relationship with a married teacher who he supervised and for showing preferential treatment to that teacher.
An administrative hearing has been set for July 28 & 29 in Tallahassee.
Solz and the teacher, Brooke Jahn, were eventually married.
The attorney for the FDOE is Ron Weaver and Solz is represented by Stephen Webster. The DOAH judge is Gary Early.
The witness list by the petitioner and Solz is a who’s who of current LCS administrative officials, which includes Superintendent Rocky Hanna.
Others witnesses include Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Gillian Gregory, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Deana McAllister, Communications Coordinator Chris Petley, and Chief of Safety, Security and Emergency Management John Hunkiar.
The petitioner and respondent witness lists are shown below.
The exhibit lists, also shown below, include statements from seven teachers, six from Gilchrist and one from Fort Braden School.
The exhibit lists includes email from two current LCS Board members, Dee Dee Rasmussen and Alva Striplin.
The complaint, which was filed on September 5, 2019, states that during the 2017/2018 school year Solz engaged in a sexual relationship with a married teacher who reported to Solz.
The complaint also alleges that Solz afforded the teacher with preferential treatment which included providing training not offered or made available to other teachers, traveling with the teacher to at least one school related out of town trip, and relaxing the supervision of students in the teachers class as compared to other teachers.
The complaint states that the sanctions imposed could range from a written reprimand to revoking the educator’s certificate.
Solz was replaced as principal at Gilchrist Elementary in July 2018 less than 24-hours after Tallahassee Reports published a story about an improper relationship between Solz and a married teacher.
Solz was then assigned to administrative duties at district headquarters by Superintendent Hanna and reprimanded for violating the state department of education’s ethics code.
In April 2019 Tallahassee Reports confirmed that officials from the Florida Department of Education Office of Professional Practice Services (PPS) were at Gilchrist Elementary School interviewing teachers about the matter related to Solz.
TR reported that at least eight teachers were scheduled to be interviewed.
One year later, during the July 9, 2019 LCS Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Solz as the new Astoria Park Elementary School principal.
Records show that Solz was notified two months later, on September 5, 2019 that probable cause existed to justify sanctions for his actions as principal and an administrative complaint was filed on the same day.
TR has asked for a comment from Superintendent Hanna and will update story at the appropriate time.