The attorney for the Omaha Public Schools board has been cleared of professional conduct violations in her handling of once-incoming Superintendent Nancy Sebring, but the issue is not over yet.
Learning Community Board member Ernie Chambers had filed the complaint with the Nebraska Supreme Court against attorney Elizabeth Eynon-Kokrda.
OPS Board President Freddie Gray shared the four-page response clearing Eynon-Kokrda, as written by Dennis G. Carlson, the court’s counsel for discipline, during Monday night’s school board meeting.
Chambers said Tuesday he plans to appeal the response to the high court’s Disciplinary Review Board.
“I have a lot of respect for Dennis Carlson, but he just simply got this wrong,” Chambers said Tuesday.
Chambers’ complaint, filed in August, alleged that the attorney had conducted herself with “gross negligence.”
Sebring had told Eynon-Kokrda and Gray the real reason for her abrupt resignation as Des Moines superintendent -- email exchanges with her lover on a school computer weeks before newspapers reported on them, but after the Omaha school board had picked Sebring to become OPS’s new superintendent.
The two OPS officials withheld that information from the rest of the board and planned with Sebring how to respond if the emails became public.
Eynon-Kokrda and Gray have said Sebring minimized what she had done, so they did not feel the need to share what they knew or launch an investigation to find out more about the emails.
Monday evening, Gray decried the lack of news stories on the clearing of Eynon-Kokrda.
Weeks earlier, The World-Herald had asked OPS for the report, but Eynon-Kokrda declined to comment. Earlier Monday, The World-Herald formally requested the counsel’s opinion through Nebraska’s open records law.
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