Eagle Point School District 9 Superintendent Cynda Rickert said she was "excited, relieved and vindicated" by the Teachers' Standards and Practices Commission has cleared her of misconduct charges. A complaint against had been brought forward by two former school board members, Jim Mannenbach and Mark Bateman.
The two brought the charge forward, stating that Rickert had used unlicensed personnel to work the Eagle Center, the counseling center at Eagle Point High School during the process of staffing cuts in the school district. Using personnel who were unlicensed at the high school would have been a violation, but Rickert pointed out that there were two licensed counselors at the high school that had been there for 20 years. Unlicensed counselors may be used at the elementary and middle school levels.
Rickert was also cleared of the charges by the Oregon Department of Education in 2010. She added that she was "disappointed that we had to spend valuable resources defending a great program against baseless allegations but I am happy that the energy and funds that have gone into responding to the complaints will now be spent where they should have been all along: on providing direct services to students."
Rickert was notified by the TPSC yesterday by telephone.