Declo Elementary School Teacher Still In The Classroom


By Andrew Reed

Declo, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Almost a year ago, a Declo Elementary School teacher used what some called bullying in the classroom when students didn't reach reading goals.

But, now, it's a new school year. Students and staff -along with the teacher - Summer Larsen - are moving forward after the incident.

Summer Larsen is still teaching fourth grade at the school.

While we weren't able to speak with her, we spoke with the district superintendent.

It's a fresh school year for students at Declo Elementary School.

Last year, parents were upset over an incident with fourth grade teacher, Summer Larsen.

"Declo Elementary is off to a great school year. They have a new principal in the building and a lot of the same staff” said Superintendent Dr. Gaylen Smyer.

The Cassia School Board rehires its teachers every school year.

Superintendent Dr. Gaylen Smyer says, Larsen's contract was renewed based on teacher evaluations performed by the principal.

"Mrs. Larsen is with us again and with student performance, test scores, and with the recommendation of the principal and input from parents the board decided to retain her as a teacher” said Smyer.

School district officials did file a complaint against Larsen with the department of education's professional standards commission.

"Concerns that are presented to us we take very seriously and we investigate those things and check them out. Sometimes they work to the satisfaction to the parents and sometimes they don't” said Smyer.

We reached out to the department of education and they said quote.

Summer Larsen currently has no actions on file against her license. We cannot comment on the status of any disciplinary complaints with the professional standards commission”

With a new school year underway, district officials are confident with how the state handled the situation.

Department of Education officials also told us.

They cannot comment on the status of any disciplinary complaints with the professional standards commission and, encouraged us to file another public records request in October.

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