The District 15 School Board voted unanimously March 10 to ratify an independent consultant’s recommendation that former human resources director David Lindberg, who left his position amid controversy Jan. 8, should be discharged or terminated from his role.
Lindberg recently had been on paid administrative leave during an investigation of whether Ed Saxton, as St. Francis schools superintendent, had violated district policy by allegedly attempting to force out Lindberg with one final paycheck and a letter of dismissal Jan. 8.
Having service with the Army in his background, including 14 months in Iraq during 2003 and 2004, Lindberg contended that, as a veteran, he should have been guaranteed a hearing based on Minnesota statute, along with a hearing according to St. Francis School District policy.
Saxton, too, has been on paid administrative leave in connection with the Jan. 8 incident. In the interim, Director of Community Education Troy Ferguson has been serving as superintendent, a position Saxton has held since 2003.
The school board had yet to consider a recommendation from its consultant in regard to Saxton at the time this edition went to press.
Board Chairperson David Roberts said he could not share more details on Lindberg’s case.
Lindberg, cut from his employment with the district midway through his third year, could not be reached for comment.