Douglas County superintendent under investigation for alleged workplace discrimination – The Denver Post

Thomas Tucker, the outgoing superintendent of Douglas County School District, was placed on paid administrative leave in early September following an allegation of workplace discrimination and subsequent investigation.

On Sept. 1, the board of education received a complaint of workplace discrimination against Tucker from a district employee, according to a statement from Douglas County School District. One week later, Tucker announced his resignation citing personal and family reasons.

“Per DCSD policy and consistent with best practice, the board of education immediately placed Dr. Tucker on paid administrative leave and retained a third-party investigator to conduct a fair and impartial investigation of the allegations,” the statement said. The investigation is ongoing.

Tucker could not immediately be reached for comment. But in a special meeting of the board of education, Tucker called his resignation a personal decision. His immediate family lives in Ohio and his mother, who resides in Arkansas, is facing health issues, Tucker said.

“To be very clear, the Doug County School Board of Education has not asked me to resign,” Tucker said. “This is my decision and, for some, please do not be so quick to judge.”

In an interview with Colorado Community Media, which first reported Tucker was being investigated for “improper conduct,” the outgoing superintendent said his leave was a matter of district protocol. He’s expected to remain on leave until his resignation becomes effective Sept. 30.

“There is nothing in that letter that says there is any wrongdoing on my part,” Tucker said, referring to a letter about administrative leave he received from board President David Ray. “That’s a form letter that goes out any time there is a complaint.”

Asked if this is the first complaint against Tucker, a district spokesperson said, “As this is a personnel matter, we cannot provide additional information at this time.”

Tucker joined Douglas County School District in 2018 after serving as superintendent of Princeton City Schools in the Cincinnati suburbs. He was the first Black upper-level administrator in a major central Ohio district and was the first to hold the superintendent’s chair in two Ohio districts, The Denver Post reported at the time.

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