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Relationship with co-worker could cost Niles superintendent her job

The Niles School Board voted on May 5 to pursue tenure charges against Curriculum and Instruction Director Amy Scott for the purpose of terminating her. After a FOIA request, FOX28 has learned the charges stem from an alleged "intimate personal relationship" Scott had with a co-worker for "several" years.

In a letter to the school board, Interim Superintendent Michael Lindley wrote that Scott admitted to pursuing her relationship with her co-worker during work hours on multiple occasions. This also included taking personal leave to spend time with her co-worker outside of the office and the male co-worker calling in sick in order to "so that he and Ms. Scott could engage in personal contact." The male co-worker was identified as being a separate individual from Scott's husband, who is also a teacher in the district.

Lindley said that Scott's relationship, her conduct resulting from the relationship, and other district employees awareness of the relationship, all hindered her abilities to perform her job duties.

Additionally, when Scott was notified by school officials that she was being investigated and not to speak with other employees about the investigation, Lindley claims Scott admitted to talking with the male co-worker "to get their story straight."

In a statement issued through her attorney, Scott denied accusations that any of the incidents detailed in Lindley's allegations occurred on school property or during school time. She also denies interfering with the district's investigation in any way. Scott reiterates that she is currently on a non-disciplinary leave, and says she has filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to the way she was treated throughout the investigation.

According to John Tanke of Niles Schools, Scott is subject to a hearing with the state teacher tenure commission in front of an administrative law judge. If she is found guilty at the hearing, she will be terminated. Scott is currently on non-disciplinary leave with pay.

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