December 17, 2018
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High school teachers vote 83-1 ‘no confidence’ in superintendent

File | Foster's Daily Democrat
File | Foster's Daily Democrat
Julie Kukenberger is seen in this Foster's Daily Democrat file photograph. Now superintendent of schools in Scarborough, Kukenberger told WGME, CBS 13, in a statement that she cannot discuss the details of Scarborough High School Principal David Creech's abrupt resignation, but that "our students' best interests are always at the center of our work."

A month after the Scarborough High School principal resigned without reason, teachers submitted a vote of no confidence on the district’s superintendent.

A special meeting was called to discuss school times in the Scarborough School District, but it didn’t stay on topic.

From the first words spoken at Scarborough School District’s special meeting, there was contention in the cafeteria.

Hours before, Scarborough High School teachers voted 83 to one in favor of a “No Confidence” stance on Superintendent Julie Kukenburger.

[Scarborough parents seek recall of school board members over principal controversy]

Kukenburger did not comment on the vote, and stuck to Monday night’s topic of start times in Scarborough schools.

“Understanding that the decision is that of the school board, we feel that a pause or compromise for the 2018-19 school year are both options to be considered,” Kukenburger said.

During comment period dedicated to start times, parents rallied for former Principal David Creech, who suddenly resigned in February. The “Road to Renewal” political action committee is calling for the superintendent’s resignation, and started petitions to recall three members of the board.

School Board Member Jacqueleyn Perry left mid-meeting, saying she had enough of comments on the former principal.

“He resigned, it was accepted,” Perry said. “That’s the end of it as far as the board is concerned. I’m not going to listen to people disrespect this board of education.”

It was a move that led to boos from the crowd, and one person to hurl an insult at her during our interview.

Principal Creech says he was forced to resign by the superintendent, and when he changed his mind, the district did not let him return to his position.

Recall petitions were being signed outside of the meeting.

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