The Fayette County Public Schools superintendent issued an open letter to Fayette County about LEX 18's investigation into the travel, conduct and spending by administrators in the county's department of special education.
Dr. Tom Shelton's letter was posted on the Fayette County Public Schools' website one day after the story aired on LEX18 News At 6.
In it, he states that "transparency and accountability" are core values within the district. And as a result of LEX18's investigation, reinforces what he expects from "all" school employees - professional, ethical behavior.
One day after LEX18 showed its viewers and readers pictures of what some parents call questionable behavior by special Ed administrators on trips for professional development, an open letter from Fayette County superintendent Tom Shelton read:
"I do not want to minimize the reporting done or defend a lapse in professional judgment demonstrated in these isolated incidents. I expect more of our employees and I take personal responsibility when we fall short."As a result of the investigation, LEX18 showed emails, Facebook postings and pictures that called into question the actions by some administrators and staff, including a $4,000 trip to a 3-day Las Vegas conference back in 2009. A trip the director of special Ed, Kathy Dykes, took with her boyfriend.
A former employee says he, Dykes and her boyfriend actually skipped a day at the conference and drove nearly five hours to the Grand Canyon for a day of sightseeing. Dykes claims she only skipped a half a day.
Dr. Shelton wrote:
"We will be reinforcing best practices and expectation for social media use with our employee," and went on to state he's developing "a specific code of ethics for administrators."LEX18 is not done investigating this story. LEX18 still questions the math of driving from Vegas to the Grand Canyon and back in a half a day. We plan to follow up with Dr. Shelton on Friday when he returns from a trip out of the country.