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Suspension recommended for Clearwater teacher who brought sex offender to school as volunteer

Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen is recommending a five-day suspension without pay for a Clearwater High teacher who brought a child sex offender to campus as a volunteer.

In 2009, chorus teacher Roseann Sheppard asked then-boyfriend Cliff Barrineau to help with a couple of chorus events. She said she did not find out until later that he had been convicted in 1995 of a lewd assault on an 11-year-old girl.

District employees are instructed to bring potential volunteers to volunteer coordinators, so they can register and have their backgrounds checked. Barrineau's background would have made him ineligible.

Sheppard said she simply forgot.

In a memo to the School Board, Janssen said Sheppard violated several board policies, including insubordination and failure to comply with board policy. The board will consider Janssen's recommendation on Jan. 11.

If the board approves, Sheppard will lose $1,050 in salary.

She joined the district in August 2008. Her evaluations have been satisfactory. She has no other disciplinary record.

District officials said Barrineau did not have unsupervised contact with students. They received no complaints about him.

Sheppard told investigators she severed ties with him as soon as she learned of his background. She told the St. Petersburg Times in November that she felt horrible about not following protocol.

She declined to comment Monday.

Reach Ron Matus at matus@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8873.

Suspension recommended for Clearwater teacher who brought sex offender to school as volunteer 01/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 9:15pm]
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