Pasco teacher's fate heads to School Board
UPDATE: The Pasco School Board unanimously upheld the superintendent's recommendation to terminate Angelica Cruikshank. Board members said they did not find Cruikshank's testimony credible.
The future of Angelica Cruikshank's teaching career heads to the Pasco County School Board today, months after she faced initial allegations that she snooped into students' Facebook pages to see if anyone was saying bad things about her.
The board heard evidence from Cruikshank and the district in mid-July. But lengthy delays in preparing a voluminous transcript of the hearing pushed back the board's deliberations to this week.
In briefings to the board (attached below), the attorneys for each side painted very different pictures for the board to consider. Tammy Rattray, representing the district administration, portrayed students betrayed by a prying teacher. Melissa Mihok, representing Cruikshank, describes a caring teacher trying to protect one student from the cyberbullying of others.
The Pasco board has been known to run with its gut, and not necessarily the superintendent's recommendations, in teacher misconduct actions. They had a chance to listen to Cruikshank and her detractors, taking in the tone, attitude and confidence level of everyone who took the oath. They've given no hints, though, as to which way they might rule in this case. Stay tuned.