TSPC Drops Misconduct Charges Against Eagle Point Superintendent
The Teachers Standards and Practices Commission has dropped all charges of misconduct levied against Eagle Point District Superintendent Cynda Rickert. The state oversight commission does continue an open investigation.
An Eagle Point school board member filed a complaint in 2011 stating Rickert had replaced licensed counselors with unlicensed staff. Oregon rules state districts must assign guidance counseling responsibilities to the appropriate personnel and provide counseling and guidance at every grade level.
Rickert said staffing changes made at Eagle Point are in compliance with regulations and are common practices in other districts. There is no requirement in Oregon to have licensed counselors at elementary and middle schools.