In a 30 page order dated September 21st – based on an administrative hearing held July 27th and 28th – Florida Administrative Law Judge Gary Early recommended that a complaint filed against Leon County Schools Principal David Solz be “dismissed in its entirety.”
After Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna issued Mr. Solz a letter of reprimand on August 31, 2018 related to a relationship with a LCS teacher, the Florida Commissioner of Education issued an Administrative Complaint against Solz.
The complaint, filed on September 5, 2019 after an investigation, alleged that:
During the 2017/2018 school year, Respondent engaged in a sexual relationship with Brooke Jahn, a married teacher who was a direct report to Respondent. During the course of their relationship, Respondent afforded Teacher Jahn preferential treatment as compared to similarly situated employees thereby creating a hostile work environment. Respondent’s preferential treatment of Teacher Jahn included but was not limited to:
a) Jahn was provided training not offered or made available to other teachers;
b) Respondent had Jahn accompany him on at least one school related out of town trip without making the opportunity available to other teachers; and
c) Rules regarding supervision of students were relaxed for Jahn as compared to other teachers.
A hearing was held on July 27th & July 28th via Zoom and testimony and exhibits were presented. Both parties filed proposed recommended orders.
Based on the information submitted, Judge Early wrote in his recommended order that the “evidence in this case demonstrates that Respondent did not engage in a sexual relationship with Ms. Jahn during the 2017-2018 school year while Ms. Jahn was a direct report to Mr. Solz.”
Early also concluded that the evidence demonstrated that Mr. Solz took reasonable measures to notify the LCS Superintendent of his interest in Ms. Jahn before engaging in a relationship and that Mr.Solz was willing to transfer from Gilchrist Elementary School to avoid any appearance of improper conduct.
Early’s recommended order stated the “Petitioner failed to prove, beyond clear and convincing evidence” for eight different allegations.
Mr. Solz is currently the principal at Astoria Park Elementary School.
The Florida Commission on Education was represented by Attorney Ron Weaver and Mr. Solz was represented by Attorney Stephen Webster.