Janesville School District official placed on leave

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
— One of the top administrators in the Janesville School District is on a leave of absence pending an investigation, Superintendent Karen Schulte said Monday.

Director of Special Education Barb Hilliker was placed on leave with pay Feb. 13, Schulte said.

Schulte said Hilliker is being investigated for a number of "work-related issues," but she would not say what the issues are.

The issues do not involve any harm to students, Schulte said.

Asked if there is any question of criminal acts, Schulte said, "absolutely not."

Schulte said she expects to receive an investigative report from the district's human resources department next week and can't say more until she has the report.

Schulte would not say whether one of the things being looked at is the case of a special-education student who was left alone on a school bus for three hours Feb. 8. The student was reportedly unharmed.

Asked about Hilliker's status, Schulte said: "Without reading the report, I don't have any idea what the next steps will be."

Hilliker is one of five central-office administrators who report directly to Schulte.

Hilliker has worked in special education in the district since 1980, according to a previous Gazette article. She was promoted to coordinator of special education in 2000 and to director in 2009.

Hilliker is paid an annual salary of $112,707.

Yolanda Cargile will take on Hilliker's duties "in the interim," Schulte said in an email. Cargile is director of at-risk and multicultural services.

Last updated: 7:40 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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