State ethics panel OKs sanctions in sex scandal

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A state ethics panel has approved penalties against two former Spirit Creek Middle employees after investigating allegations of a sex scandal at the school.

On Thursday, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved sanctions against former Principal Sharon McAlevy and former teacher Denise Ogden, said Gary Walker, the commission's deputy executive secretary.

The commission was originally considering whether to ban the two educators from teaching in Georgia, but Dr. Walker, who also heads the commission's educator ethics division, said he could not say whether that penalty remained. Dr. Walker said he could not specify what the penalties were until a final decision is made.

The commission began its investigation in April after accusations that Spirit Creek staff members were engaged in a love triangle and were having sex on campus.

The Richmond County school system began an investigation in October. Ms. Ogden and Ms. McAlevy resigned before the internal investigation was complete. The school system did not discipline either of them.

Four other school employees were disciplined as a result of the investigation.

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/13/09 - 03:40 am
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What are the penalties

What are the penalties imposed upon McAlevy and Ogden? When will "a final decision" regarding these penalties be made? Who/what will make "a final decision," Dr. Walker?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 09/13/09 - 06:23 am
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How can two have a love

How can two have a love triangle? Who was the third? Where's the dirty pictures?

factfinder
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factfinder 09/13/09 - 08:28 am
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It is good to see that the

It is good to see that the state ethics panel did follow protocol, too often it appears that issues involving both ethics and standards are ignored.

deekster
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deekster 09/13/09 - 08:55 am
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Why were they not in the

Why were they not in the running for "ARC Educator of the Year"? And teacher say the problem is students/parent involvement. LOL

deekster
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deekster 09/13/09 - 08:57 am
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Sing along, "Yes they are

Sing along, "Yes they are members of the local "union" and they canno-o-o-o-t be fired. They have their license and its forever. Hail to Union rights!!!!

lulu
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lulu 09/13/09 - 09:00 am
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Adults that can't control

Adults that can't control their sexual urges are the missing link

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/13/09 - 09:16 am
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The third person in the

The third person in the triangle was the school safety officer. He was fired.

grammar police
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grammar police 09/13/09 - 09:34 am
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It's been said before....I'll

It's been said before....I'll say it again. There IS no teacher union in Georgia!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 09/13/09 - 09:42 am
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Disgusting animals......they

Disgusting animals......they would never teach my children.

jack
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jack 09/13/09 - 03:58 pm
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It's been said before....I'll

It's been said before....I'll say it again. There IS no teacher union in Georgia!
Posted by grammar police on Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:34 AM....Try PAGE and GAE. They cannot strike under Ga. law, but are unions for educators in GA. I say take their licneses as they do not need to be teaching young people. The kids KNOW who they are and it would follow them in the class room, making the ineffective.

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corgimom 09/13/09 - 04:29 pm
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Well, if it's 75,000 members

Well, if it's 75,000 members strong, and teachers are not unionized yet, I'd say it wasn't too powerful of an organization. Most teachers I know join similar organizations for the liability protection it offers against little darlings.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/13/09 - 06:46 pm
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My experiences as a

My experiences as a dues-paying member of both PAGE and GAE and as an attendee at pre-legislative sessions where both organizations participated have convinced me that these two groups are about money- first, last and always. Critical teaching-related issues such as classroom working conditions and student learning have been marginalized, to the detriment of teachers, students and the future of the state we call home.

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mable8 09/14/09 - 12:30 am
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They should be banned from

They should be banned from teaching--in GA and any other state. Just because someone resigned during the investigation should not mean they are to receive any type of discipline. Does this mean these two can obtain a teaching position in some other county????

disssman
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disssman 09/14/09 - 09:20 am
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What is the point of this

What is the point of this story? Is it that a secretive discipline was imposed for two members of a sex triangle who are former employees of the esteemed education syatem, that failed to prosecute or fire them?

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