Petruzielo appoints committee to combat inappropriate relationships
March 08, 2013 12:00 AM | 3261 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From staff reports

Cherokee County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo has appointed five district staff members to a newly formed ad hoc committee aimed at ensuring district employees maintain responsible relationships with students.

“In order to ensure the safest and most secure environment possible for our students as it relates to interaction with CCSD employees, in light of recent incidents of alleged inappropriate conduct and to enable me to determine the need for any additional policy recommendations for the school board to consider in this regard, I am establishing an ad hoc responsible relationships committee,” Petruzielo wrote in a letter Thursday.

Within the last school year, two teachers at Creekview High School have been arrested and charged with separate instances of sexual assault, both involving allegedly having months-long relationships with a student.

Appointed to the committee are Trey Olsen, assistant superintendent of personnel management, who will serve as chair; Dr. Brian Hightower, assistant superintendent of school operations; Bobby Blount, assistant superintendent of accountability, technology and strategic planning; CCSD Police Chief Mark Kissel and Barbara Jacoby, director of public information, communications and partnerships.

Petruzielo said the committee will be charged with reviewing the district’s “Critical Issues” program and other practices relating to ensuring district employees maintain “responsible relationships” with students and other staff.

Petruzielo added he expects a status report from the committee during the school board’s work session March 21 and also expects the group to make final recommendations in time for discussion at the semi-annual Trends in Education work session April 18.
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Cherokee Parent
March 20, 2013
Not enough people are paying attention to what Mr. Petruzielo is doing and this is a perfect example of why he needs to be replaced. Cherokee county citizens also need to look at the increasing number of former school administrators who have been retained as "consultants" and others who have shifted into newly created positions.

You don't have to look any further than the CCSD transfer list to see the quid pro quo.

Petruzielo should be ashamed to force CCSD employees to take furlough days when the already bloated CCSD admimistration continues to grow.

Wake up people!

A Parent
March 09, 2013
What an echo chamber for that ad-hoc committee! All top level school district employees.

Note that it doesn't include any teachers, parents or students.

So the same folks who work together each day now schedule an additional meeting RATHER THAN including those impacted the most.

Just brilliant!

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