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School leader accused of creating hostile environment

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The Farmington School Board is investigating one of its own. The board recently voted to investigate member Tim Burke to see if he poses a potential liability.

Several board members have accused Burke of treating administrators disrespectfully, burdening them with unnecessary data requests and making unfounded accusations against them. Board member John Kampf fears Burke’s behavior may create a hostile work environment for administrators, opening the board to possible litigation.

Burke’s answer to the charges and pending investigation is that the board operates in “bewildering” secrecy. He says the worst he’s guilty of is rudeness.

Burke could be removed from office if the board finds he violated the board’s code of conduct or broke the law. Currently, no evidence exists that Burke has broken any law.

Minnesota law allows school board members to be removed “for proper cause.”

Board attorney Michael Waldspurger tapped Minnetonka attorney Jim Martin to conduct the investigation, reviewing records and interviewing school system personnel.

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