Discipline cases before the Pinellas County School Board
The Pinellas County School Board will consider Tuesday whether to fire a couple of employees for misconduct.
The first one is Kim Gagliardo, a food service employee at Cypress Woods Elementary, who allegedly used inappropriate language with a student. According to the district, a student was talking to a friend in the lunch line and then asked Gagliardo for an ice cream ticket. She told the student “if you were paying attention and not d**king around you would have gotten the ice cream ticket.
A parent reported the incident. Gagliardo admitted making the comment, but said that she didn’t think it was wrong or inappropriate.
Gagliardo has had seven other discipline cases since 2002. If she is fired Tuesday, she can appeal her case. If she appeals, she will be placed on unpaid leave until an administrative law judge reviews it.
The next one is an old case. Eric Thomas Jr., a bus driver, was recommended for termination in April 2011 after he allegedly told students on his bus that they had his permission to “knock…out” a particular student for throwing paper. Not long after, a student punched the student in question on the head, causing injuries. Thomas didn’t see the altercation because he was talking on his cell phone, according to the district.
Thomas appealed his case to an administrative law judge. The administrative law judge ruled last month in favor of the district. Board members now will decide if they should accept the judge’s ruling or not. Thomas has been on unpaid leave, pending the outcome of his appeal.
The regular board meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. See the agenda here. Gagliardo is number 18 under consent and Thomas is number 1 under unfinished business.