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3_16_12YarmuthLetterREDACTED

3_16_12YarmuthLetterREDACTED

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3/16/12YarmuthlettertoApostlere:KingandGeoghagan'sAssertionsre:2/15/12Report
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YARMUTHWILSDONCALFO
Cris!inJ.Ken!DIRECT206.516.3B24ckent@yarmuth.com
ATTORNEYSATLAW
March16,2012
VIAE-MAIL
andU.S.MAIL
PaulApostleAssistantSuperintendentHumanResourcesSeattlePublicSchools24433rdAvenueS.Seattle,Washington98134Re:LowellElementarySchool:ResponsetoGregoryKing'sandRinaGeoghagan'sAssertionsre:myFebruary15,2012ReportDearPaul:
I.Introduction
OnFebruary15,2012,
I
ssuedmyreportregarding
Cl'
'sand
G2's
complaintsagainstRinaGeoghaganandGregoryKing,amongothers("RepOlt").Relevanttothisletter,myReportconcluded:
C
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reportedfoot-kissingandotherallegationsaboutGeoghaganonJanuary19.
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toGeoghaganrelayedthefoot-kissingandotherallegationstoKinginlateJanuary.
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reportedfoot-kissingandotherallegationsabout
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onFebruary17.
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relayedthefoot-kissingandotherallegationstoKingonFebruary17.OnApril6,GeoghaganandKingtold
E
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inHumanResourcesthattheywereunawareofthefoot-kissingandotherallegations.Infact,bothGeoghaganandKingknewabouttheallegations.Kingencouragedaninvestigationagainst
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onApril6.BasedonGeoghagan'sandKing'sclaimedignoranceoftheallegations,thedistrictinvestigatedwhether
CI.
and
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properlyreported.
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AfterthedistrictprovidedacopyoftheReporttoGeoghaganandKing(the"LowellAdministrators")anddisciplinedthemforfindingsmadeintheReport,King'sattorneySusanMindenbergschallengedsomeoftheReport'sfactualfindingsandconclusions.RonEnglish,PattyEakes,andImetwithKingandMindenbergsonMarch2,2012,toheartheirconcerns.Duringthatmeeting,MindenbergspresentedafactualchronologythatdiffersfromtheoneintheReport.PaulApostleMarch16,2012Page2MindenbergsrequestedIre-interviewGeoghagan.Iconductedthatfollow-upinterviewonMarch7,2012.EnglishandGeoghagan'sattorneyJeffreyTylerwerepresent.Duringthatinterview,GeoghaganraisedonechallengetotheReport:contrarytothefindingintheReport,Geoghagandenies
(2
reportedfoot-kissingtoheronJanuary19.ThisletterrespondstotheissuestheLowellAdministratorsraised.Asexplainedbelow,noneofthechallengestheyassertchangethefinalconclusionsintheReport.King'sprimaryconcernisthatheclaimsnottohaveknownaboutthefoot-kissingallegationsagainst
E
I
beforeApril6,2011.Therefore,heclaimshedidnotwithholdinformationfromHumanResourcesduringtheApril6,2011meeting.Additionally,hedeniesencouragingtheinvestigationagainst
CI'
and
c
2.
Geoghaganalsonowclaimsshewasunawareofthefoot-kissingallegationsbeforeApril6,2011.
II.TheFindingsintheReportShouldNotChange.
AlthoughtheLowellAdministratorshavechangedtheirstatements,IconcludethefmdingsintheReportshouldnotchange.IdidnotfindtheLowellAdministrators'changedstatementscredible.Moreover,asdetailedintheReport,thereisampleevidencethattheLowellAdministratorsknewofthefoot-kissingandotherallegationsbeforetheApril6meetingwithHumanResourcesandthattheywerenotforthcomingaboutthisfact.IaddressbeloweachoftherelevantconcernsraisedbytheLowellAdministrators.
I
TheLowellAdministratorsassertthat
c.
2.
didnotreportthe(oat-kissingallegationtoGeoghaganonJanuary19.
Response:
Thefindingthat
C2.
reportedthefoot-kissingallegationtoGeoghaganonJanuary19shouldnotchange.
C2_
hasrepeatedlystatedthatshereportedfoot-kissingonJanuary19,andotherwitnessescorroborateherstatements.First,
[2
told
CI
inlateJanuaryaboutherreporttoGeoghagan,and
CI
confirmsc-
7...
toldheraboutit.C
I
.remembersshedidnotimmediatelyreportthefoot-kissingincidentshewitnessedonJanuary26becausesheknew
C2
reportedfoot-kissingaweekearlier.Second,
CL'
told'
E3.
inFebruaryaboutherreportto
1
KingraisedanumberoffactualchallengestotheReport.Manyofthosechallengesareirrelevanttotheultimateconclusions
in
theReport.IonlyaddressKing'schallengestotheextenttheybearontheReport'sconclusions.
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