BELOIT—The School District of Beloit Board of Education decided not to investigate three complaints alleging former Superintendent Stanley Munro created of a hostile work environment and committed various infractions.
“We received those complaints and we had planned to do an investigation, but before we did that, Dr. Munro resigned. As far as we are concerned, it’s a dead issue,” said Board of Education President Jeff Klett. “There will be no further investigation.”
When asked if the board would refer to legal authorities allegations that Munro directed staff to destroy public records, Klett said, “As far as we are concerned, the matter is settled, closed and we are done. We are not referring anything to the district attorney.”
Klett said the district will pay an amount not to exceed $5,000 for legal fees for three of the complainants who used an attorney. The $5,000 would be a maximum total for the three.
Munro resigned on Jan. 16 after three complaints were filed against him.
Security Officer Hector Gonzalez filed the first complaint on Jan. 3, accusing Munro of subjecting him to retaliation, harassment and improper disciplinary action after he reposted a Facebook link about a teacher support rally on the first day of school. The complaint also named Executive Director of Business, Human Resources and Operations JoAnn Armstrong as a witness to one incident with Munro. In another incident he named Armstrong and Executive Director of School Leadership Peggy Muehlenkamp as being involved in what he perceived as a retaliation incident when discussing how he coded days off for what Gonzalez said was an approved trip.
When Klett was asked if there would be any investigation into allegations against Armstrong or Muehlenkamp since they were named in the complaint he said, “The matter is closed so there is nothing to investigate.”
When contacted by the Beloit Daily News, security officer Gonzalez said he was satisfied Murno had resigned and accepted the fact the district wasn’t pursuing any further investigation against Muehlenkamp or Armstrong.
“They probably were working under his direction,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez also said he wanted to thank the board for doing its due diligence in its handling of the complaints.
Muehlenkamp and Armstrong did not respond to questions regarding whether they were satisfied or not with the allegations in the complaint going unresolved.
Following the security officer’s complaint, Armstrong and Muehlenkamp filed their own complaint against Munro on Jan. 10. Their complaint accused Munro of berating and retaliating against staff as well as excessively calling and texting them. It further alleged Munro lied to the public, attempted to fire staff without just cause and accused him of illegally attempting to evade the Wisconsin Public Records Law.
“Staff have been instructed to delete texts and emails so that they can say there are no records,” the complaint stated.
Munro allegedly said, according to the complaint, “If I say there are no records, there are no records.”
When requests for texts and messages between Munro and other individuals were requested, Munro allegedly responded he had no records although in most situations the other party in the request had multiple records in response to the request.
“He is not complying with the public records law, and forcing staff to knowingly violate the public records law as well,” the complaint states.
The third complaint was filed by Chief of Communications and Marketing Monica Krysztopa on Jan. 15.