Tonight the Leon County School Board will consider Superintendent Hanna’s a recommendation related to the suspension of Chiles High School principal, Joe Burgess.
Hanna’s recommends that the School Board refer the “appeal submitted by Mr. Joseph Burgess of the Superintendent’s recommended two-week suspension without pay to the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (“DOAH”).”
In June of 2021, the Superintendent was informed of possible misconduct at Chiles High School. After an investigation was conducted by an outside firm, the Superintendent recommended a two-week suspension without pay and a formal written reprimand for misconduct in office.
The agenda item before the School Board does not provide any information on the nature of the alleged misconduct.
On July 12, 2021, the District received a written notice of appeal from counsel for Mr. Burgess. A hearing conducted by DOAH ensures due process and provides an impartial and fair hearing for all parties at minimal disruption to the School Board.
At its conclusion, DOAH will issue a final recommended order including findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended action for final approval by the School Board.
Absent referral to DOAH, the School Board would be required to craft new procedures and conduct a due process compliant hearing. Current School Board’s policies on administrator discipline do not contain procedures specifying how administrators can appeal discipline.