Wilson Middle School science teacher placed on unpaid leave

2013-01-22T23:17:00Z 2013-01-23T15:53:49Z Wilson Middle School science teacher placed on unpaid leaveThe Sentinel The Sentinel
January 22, 2013 11:17 pm  • 

The Carlisle school board last week voted to change the administrative leave from paid to unpaid for Wilson Middle School science teacher James Redington.

The vote came while school officials still wait on the report from Carlisle Fire & Rescue Fire Chief John Heberlig. Heberlig said he turned over his report to Carlisle Fire Chief Tom Murray and Carlisle Borough Solicitor Keith Brenneman for approval and hasn’t heard back on the report. Murray said all comments about the report must come from Brenneman.

Brenneman did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

The report covers what happened at Wilson Middle School on Nov. 28 when a fire burned five students and sent two more students and Redington to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Of the five students who were burned, two were flown to Johns Hopkins Burn Center.

Redington was put on paid leave two days after the incident, which happened in his science classroom. Preliminary information indicates that the science experiment involved rubbing alcohol and fire, but the final report will describe what happened in the classroom that day.

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  1. RaySampsin
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    RaySampsin - January 28, 2013 9:24 am
    What proof is there that there was negligence?
  2. RaySampsin
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    RaySampsin - January 27, 2013 6:59 pm
    Wayne brings up a very good point about transparency. And sk19999, you weren't there so you don't know. Until all the facts are released it is utterly unfair to just denounce the teacher as being reckless.
  3. Sokrates
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    Sokrates - January 27, 2013 12:55 am
    Suspending employees with pay until the investigation is complete is standard procedure in many organizations, public and private. So is handling personnel matters in closed session. Employees have rights to due process and confidentiality. Following these procedures also protects the employer avoid missteps that could lead to a lawsuit which could result in either damages or the court ordered reinstatement of the employee.
  4. sk1999
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    sk1999 - January 26, 2013 12:49 pm
    negligence does NOT cause accidents.
  5. DeeDEE
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    DeeDEE - January 25, 2013 2:54 pm
    sk1999 My son was in that class....so I do feel justified in speaking. I have heard the first hand accounts. You have no idea about this teacher or how much the students learned from him. This was a tragic accident. Focus should be on the students and their recovery.
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    - January 24, 2013 1:35 pm
    I attended the meeting announced for 7PM.and before I left they adjourned the meeting and announced that there would be an executive session to discuss personnel, making no mention that they might be voting later. There was no indication that there might be further board action. Should all board votes be made in public? or is this another version of the transparency they talk about over there?
  7. sk1999
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    sk1999 - January 24, 2013 8:35 am
    He should of been left go from day 1. After the period was over, trying to show off for the students. No eyewear worn by students. Why is there not reckless endangerment charges?
  8. generalgibbons
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    generalgibbons - January 23, 2013 4:19 pm
    I'd be less worried about the science teacher at Wilson and more worried about that overpaid, incompetent, and slimy superintendant of Carlisle schools. Let that be a lesson to you, school board. When someone threatens to leave an organization because they might not get a certain position within the organization, LET THEM LEAVE!
  9. bcliff
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    bcliff - January 23, 2013 8:41 am
    I don't approve of penalty w/o final evidence.
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