I-Team examines next steps for Bangor Superintendent position

I-Team examines next steps for Bangor Superintendent position

BANGOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Who will lead the Bangor School District next year? That's a decision the school board will now have to make after Interim Superintendent Deb Pobuda announced her retirement this week.

Pobuda took over for Dennis Paquette who was forced to step down after the I-Team discovered Paquette did not hold the necessary qualifications for his job. Paquette was named Chief Operating Officer instead.

Months later, two teachers and the superintendent's secretary resigning after video surfaced of school employees talking inappropriately about students and faculty members.

Parents demanded change at several school board meetings.

“As a parent, a taxpayer and as a mayor, what's going on here is unacceptable,” said Nick Householder, the mayor of Bangor, at the March school board meetig.

But Paquette has so far stayed put.

“Take it one day at a time,” said Paquette in March.

State education officials told the I-Team that Paquette is on track to be fully certified in August.

While the state does not mandate a hiring process, we're told if the school board hires Paquette before he receives his certification, they could be fined $1500 and charged with a misdemeanor.

A review of Paquette's superintendent evalutions find glowing remarks but his file was noted in 2016 with the following statement "employees leaving the district and discrimination case filed is concerning."

The I-team has learned two discrimination cases were filed against Paquette but they were withdrawn shortly after being reviewed by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

The School board president told the I-team no discussion has been made about the superintendent position just yet.

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