UPDATED: Superintendent John C. McGee To Be Suspended and Officially Reprimanded for Plagiarism
March 19, 2013 2 Comments
Florence school superintendent suspended for plagiarism
FLORENCE – The Florence-Carlton School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday night to suspend superintendent John McGee for 10 working days without pay as a disciplinary action for his plagiarism in the school newsletter. McGee will also have a letter of reprimand placed in his permanent file.
During the special meeting, which was called specifically to address McGee’s plagiarism, the board heard two hours worth of emotional testimony from the public, with some adamantly supporting McGee and others demanding more severe punishment.
McGee has admitted to the school board that he put his byline on a story in the Falcon View newsletter earlier this year that was actually written by a school administrator in Georgia, and altered the article to substitute Florence for any specific references to Georgia schools.
An anonymous blogger, who operates a website called Florence Carlton Review, also has uncovered four other instances of plagiarism on the part of McGee dating back four years. McGee has apologized to the board, several classrooms of students, and the Georgia administrator whose story he plagiarized.
School board trustee Mel Finlay made a motion to terminate McGee’s employment with the district on Monday night, which was voted down 4-1 by the board.
McGee’s suspension will be March 25 until April 5. His employment contract with the school expires after this year, and the school board will vote on whether to renew his contract sometime before the end of June.
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