West Boca principal accused of plagiarism disciplined

West Boca principal accused of plagiarism disciplined

The Palm Beach County School Board has disciplined a West Boca principal who was accused of plagiarizing a graduation speech.

The board reassigned Mark Stenner to a non-instructional role.

Originally the board was considering a 10 day suspension without pay.

The agreement would allow Stenner to keep his current salary through the year-- and he'd have to issue an apology to the students, parents and staff at the school acknowledging his wrongdoing.

Stenner had been reassigned to a non-instructional role during the investigation.

When the controversy first broke some parents of students at West Boca High said they considered Stenner a good principal and they never had any issues with him.

After the ruling the school district released the following statement:

The School Board voted today to reassign Mark Stenner to a non-instructional position within the District. With the Board's decision, Mr. Stenner will no longer be the principal of West Boca High School.

Superintendent Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. made the recommendation based on his firm belief in holding employees, particularly instructional leaders, accountable for their actions.

It is the District's view that we can all learn from this incident, move on without beleaguering the issue any longer and provide our students with a high-quality education.

Mr. Stenner will express his remorse to the West Boca High School community and is dedicated to exemplifying honesty and integrity for himself and the School District in the future.

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