Felecia Duggins, a fine high school administrator and educator in Delaware, has been mistreated, demoted and maligned at public expense, all while the Appoquinimink School District asks taxpayers to support a referendum to finance more of its activities.
Although Felecia did not prevail in her recent lawsuit and is currently assessing her appellate options, there still exist serious issues about the District's compliance with it's own policies and procedures in her case, including:
- Disparate treatment of faculty, staff & students on the basis of race;
- Refusal to acknowledge or address the hostile climate created by such disparate treatment;
- Failure to comply with the District's drug testing policy; and
- Violation of Delaware Performance Appraisal System requirements in conducting Summative Evaluations.
When hardworking employees stand up for their rights, the District spares no expense in its own legal defense... yet it appears to be reluctant to admit mistakes, to change its practices, or to mediate satisfactory, equitable remedies. This can be corrected.
Felecia should be given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence about these issues, and the Board should investigate and address them expeditiously.