Polk County superintendent loses support of some board members

Kathryn LeRoy, file photo

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy appeared before the school board Tuesday, the first time since she was cleared of complaints lodged against her by a subordinate.

“Please allow me to apologize for any failure of my part to ineffectively manage a relationship with a senior staff member. I take responsibility for that and I have learned from it,” LeRoy said.

RELATED: Polk County superintendent cleared of accusations

Associate Superintendent Greg Rivers made several claims against LeRoy, including sexual harassment and the fostering of a hostile work environment.

“The nine complaints were unsubstantiated, but there remains concern about the findings that were made and the testimony that was contained in the investigation,” school board attorney Wes Bridges said.

School board members admit the district has been academic progress under the superintendent but they’re troubled by the report’s findings.

“It is my opinion that Mrs. LeRoy’s leadership style is not appropriate for the Polk County school system and at this time I have lost confidence in Mrs. LeRoy’s ability to continue leading the Polk County public school system,” board member Lynn Wilson said.

RELATED: High-ranking Polk County School District employee files complaint against superintendent

But the superintendent hasn’t lost the support of all board members. “I believe she should be given an opportunity to gain the trust and the respect from the community, from the schools and from the employees, from everybody that is involved. I believe that,” Kay Fields said.

Rivers still works for the district. He had little to say to reporters during a break in the meeting. “I stand by everything I said in my complaint. That is my only comment,” he said.

LeRoy also wouldn’t comment beyond her written statement and a video she released last week.

A special board meeting will be held Friday at 5 p.m. to discuss LeRoy’s future with the district. That meeting will be at the Polk County Administrative Offices.

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