A school board employee chose to have discussion of her recommended termination discussed in open public at the School Board meeting Jan. 17. The item on the agenda was to go into executive session to discuss the professional character and competency of an employee and to take action relative to the matter.
Krystal Williams, the secretary at Fairview Alpha Elementary, allegedly gave her user login and password for JCampus to Lunchroom Manager Shari Rogers. This is a violation of the confidentiality agreement both employees signed when they were hired to work for the Natchitoches Parish School District. JCampus allows administrators and teachers to view and manage school related data in real time. This includes personally identifiable information for students.
According to Principal Brooke Williams and Assistant Principal Marsha Daugherty it is the secretary’s job to provide the lunchroom manager with an attendance report so the cafeteria staff knows how many breakfast and lunch meals need to be prepared for the student body. Cafeteria staff do not have access to JCampus.
Rogers claimed Krystal gave her the username and password so she could generate an attendance report when Krystal was absent, but that it soon became a regular routine, continuing for months. Rogers would log into JCampus several times each day.
She presented the board with a post it note and a sheet of paper with the login information and directions on how to navigate JCampus. Krystal denies that she ever gave the information to Rogers, but Superintendent Dale Skinner raised the question: How else would Rogers have attained Krystal’s personal information and the detailed instructions?
According to a security coordinator, the school secretary has the highest level of clearance for student information. According to the School Board’s legal counsel the confidentiality agreement couldn’t be any clearer that any breach can have consequences up to and including termination of employment.
Krystal has worked for the School District for 15 years and some board members wanted to suspend her without pay, instead of terminating her. Steven Harris made a motion that they amend the recommendation to suspend her without pay. However, the vote to terminate her passed with 6 in agreement, 4 against, and 1 abstaining.