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Sentinel High School Releases Details On Suspended Faculty; Re-assigns Principal, Asst. Principal

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Superintendent Alex Apostle confirms Sentinel High School's top brass are being reassigned, because they had an "incident" on school grounds, but he would not confirm a romantic relationship. While he would not say how the Missoula County School District learned of the "incident," he said students did not witness it.

Changes in Sentinel's two top leadership positions were announced on Thursday. Apostle made the adjustments after the high school's principal and assistant principal were suspended for a "board policy violation." Principal Tom Blakely and Assistant Principal Libby Oliver were suspended for five day and school board has charged both of them with misconduct.

Missoula County Public Schools said that Ted Fuller has been named the Interim Principal for Sentinel for the 2014-2015 school year. Fuller currently is serving as the Assistant Principal at Hellgate High School and will leave his post to provide leadership at Sentinel.

Brian Fortmann will continue to serve as an Assistant Principal at Sentinel. In addition, Margo Duneman will serve as the Interim Assistant Principal at Sentinel for the 2014-2015 school year. Duneman, an English teacher at Sentinel for the past 15 years, has provided leadership support throughout her career at the school.

As a result of these changes, Libby Oliver, Sentinel's current Assistant Principal, will be reassigned as the Assistant Principal at Hellgate.

Tom Blakely's reassignment has yet to be determined.

The statement, sent from MCPS Communications Director, Hatton Littman on Thursday afternoon, went on to say that "MCPS appreciates the public's patience during this difficult time. The District continues to balance the public's right to know with the individual rights of privacy, as well as follow state and federal law. Although it is the beginning of the school year, MCPS believes that these changes are in the best interests of the District and its students."

Stay tuned to ABC FOX Montana for more details on this developing story.


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