How very strange! There are additional indicators of "strange"
in this sordid story of an apparently hostile working environment
due to allegations of sexual misconduct by the top dog.
The Arizona Republic report starts
Gilbert school district names new principals at 3 campuses ...
One administrator was cleared in investigation
Gilbert Public Schools has named
three new principals, including the transfer of a principal who
had been cleared of allegations of sexual conduct after a
In May, an attorney was hired by
the district to look into allegations against Yee raised in a
series of anonymous letters sent to school board members and The
Arizona Republic. The 11 anonymous letters, which appeared to
have been written by school staff and parents, claimed problems
had existed at the school for at least a year.
The investigation found no evidence that substantiated the
Notice that Brian Yee is not the only
Highland Junior High School administrator now at Greenfield Junior
High School. From Hayley Ringle's report:
"Knowing the staff here, I always
wanted to know what their magic is," said Yee, adding his former
Highland Junior High dean of students, Dan Johnson, is now
assistant principal at Greenfield Junior High. "I'm looking
forward to just being able to work with them and combine
The article confirms Superintendent
Dave Allison transferred Brian Yee, perhaps concealing it from the
governing board until the administration had other principal
positions on the board's meeting agenda for approval. This lateral
move gives credence to rumors that Brian Yee has a protector at a
very high level in the GPS administration.
[Former Associate Superintendent
for Human Resources Nikki] Blanchard said district officials
decided to seek an independent investigation, given the nature
of the accusations and
because the letters accuse district officials of a "cover-up."
Arizona Republic article about the conclusion of the investigation
into allegations of sexual harassment / misconduct was silent about
the "cover up," presumably because that was not addressed in the
According to the report, "rumors
ran rampant" across the campus, located in Mesa, that Yee was
having sexual relationships with several women at the school.
The women's names were redacted in Wright's report.
One would think that the district
would want to publish that final report in the newspaper and on the
GPS website if Brian Yee were actually cleared of the charges. One
would be wrong. Gilbert Public Schools does not like to release
information to the "rabid fringe" in answer to questions of public
article reporting Brian Yee's lateral transfer includes quotes
from GPS employees that contradict each other.
After four years as principal of
Highland, Yee told The Republic the opportunity to lead
Greenfield Junior High was a position he sought before and
couldn't pass up now. Yee said he has applied at the
school a couple of times.
District spokeswoman Dianne Bowers said the decision to move Yee
had "absolutely" nothing to do with the investigation.
Yee said the investigation did have a part in him leaving.
Moving from Highland Junior High would "allow the campus to
truly heal and move forward," he said. He called it the best
choice "personally and professionally."
The news of Brian Yee's move to
Greenfield Junior High School will come as a surprise to parents who
moved their children from Highland Junior High to Greenfield.
We heard rumors that there were many student transfers, but just one
family moving their child in response to Brian Yee's alleged
misconduct is too many. Such student transfers would seem to
indicate that there was indeed a hostile environment at Highland
Junior High. In fact, we have been told that students witnessed the
events that were reported in the
article describing the charges levied in eleven anonymous complaints
sent to the Arizona Republic as well as to the governing board.
Certified employees bore the brunt of
what appear to be adverse employment actions, which would be
consistent with our knowledge of forced resignations within GPS:
- 5 teachers "resigned" from
Highland Junior High, according to the June 5, 2012 board
- The school psychologist
resigned, according to the July 3, 2012 agenda
- The speech pathologist resigned,
according to the July 31, 2012 board agenda
- We hear that employees have
applied for lateral transfers within the district, but fear that
they have been black balled. That leads to the next bullet:
- Expect a lot of "Progressive
Documentation" from the new Highland Junior High
principal, based on Sarah's experience with
principal Jason Martin after she
was involuntarily transferred to Highland Park Elementary
School. There is not much an employee can do to protect
themselves once an administrator starts this "auto-pilot"
Expect more turmoil, now at both
schools. We don't expect any substantive change so long as the board
has no means to independently conduct exit interviews with departing
employees. We know that the administration acts as judge, jury
and executioner, and we suspect the board never knows anything the
administration doesn't want them to know about their adverse
employment actions. It's a big problem in that the board is
responsible for approving those actions, and apparently there is no
way for the board to know when the administration crosses bright
lines of state and federal law covering employment actions and
school district administration.
You decide if you believe Brian Yee
was "cleared" in a truly independent investigation. Read the Arizona
Republic article about the investigation's final report:
Investigator: No evidence of sexual misconduct involving
Highland Junior High principal ... Misconduct claims
Do you believe there was "no evidence
of sexual misconduct" when the report included an allegation that the two were seen in "unusual or hidden
locations" and were "being caught" in a locked room/closet where the
surveillance video controls were located? The article quoted
Brian Yee saying the woman was
"working on a project developing a spreadsheet relating to the
"The closet where the surveillance
camera is located has a self-closing, self-locking door," the report
states. "Mr. Yee now acknowledges that an appearance of impropriety
would have been avoided had he propped the door open during the
times he and (the unnamed woman) were evaluating the security
A video from the parking-lot surveillance showed the two hugging for
Yee said this was "just evidence of their close friendship" and said
the woman would give him hugs "on rare occasions," "like when he was
feeling distressed about his impending divorce."
Another allegation said Yee developed an
"inappropriate sexual relationship" with an intern for a couple of
months during the spring of 2011. Yee denied having any relationship
with her while she was at the school, but acknowledged that the two
began dating after she left the school and "continue to be in a
relationship to this day."
Contrast the administration's avid
support of a male principal with the way
Superintendent Dave Allison
threatened a young female teacher who had reported bullying and
sexual harassment. Allison recommended to the governing board that
20 charges be adopted against the teacher
on December 6, 2011. Three members
of the board who voted to adopt the charges looked truly humiliated
when the board unanimously withdrew the charges on May 15, 2012
rather than hold the public hearing that would clear the teacher.
story about allegations at Highland Junior
High School appears in the
of the article about Brian Yee's
"exoneration" on azcentral.com, which we have
nonsb Jun-03 @ 5:57 AM
The amount of sexual misconduct at the admin level in Gilbert is
staggering. It is a pattern of unprofessional behavior that has been
going on for decades. Cover up after cover up. It will take someone
from the outside coming in as superintendent to clean house. One
would have to acknowledge the failures (well, I guess depending on
your point-of-view) of a corrupt Human Resources department. All
their hands are dirty. Other parts of them, too.
SamGoodman Jun-03 @ 3:40 PM
It seems that the investigator found exactly what he was told to
find. Regardless of these conclusions that something or other was
"inconclusive," Brian Yee no longer has the moral authority to lead
a school (if he ever did). Brian Yee will never have credibility
with staff or with students. Allison's comments show he, too, lacks
a moral compass. Parents should be appalled that these men are the
face of public education in the Gilbert School District and in
Highland Jr High School. No one else seems to care.
barely hidden, below-the-surface element of religious discrimination
in Gilbert Public Schools:
nonsb Jun-03 @ 5:42 AM
... Mr. Yee is a member of the church and so was his ex-wife. Don't
underestimate Bishop Allison's ability to protect his own.
On the fact
that Brian Yee was not exonerated by the investigation:
nonsb Jun-03 @ 5:50 AM
Given Gilbert's history of covering up philandering and adultery, is
it also any wonder? Where there's smoke, there's fire. Just because
there was no evidence isn't the same thing as not guilty. Having
multiple relationships with people who work under you is unethical.
Not illegal but unethical. He may not have had sexual relations on
school property but there's no doubt in my mind that he was
intimately involved with subordinates. There are many instances
where this principal behaved unethically also in regard to
accounting, leadership and so forth but the homers who investigated
were unable to get to the bottom of it. Also, there is a culture of
fear promoted by the administration headed by Dave Allison. No one
feels safe to speak out against anything anymore for fear of a witch
hunt. Gilbert's next school should be called "Salem Elementary" with
the mascot of a witch being burned at the stake.
Did you really believe Gilbert Public
Schools actually would investigate allegations of cover ups at the
Gilbert Public Schools paid
$1,508,721.00 for property, liability and casualty insurance
coverage this year. Remember that, employees, when Superintendent
Dave Allison tells you that 89% of
the GPS budget goes to pay employees. Right.
Since Gilbert Public Schools does the same thing time
and again, a pattern has emerged. Teachers talk to other teachers and
support staffers who are experiencing difficulty. The
employment actions take a toll on educators. We'll post more
information here in the near future about GPS administration and
their astonishing employment management techniques. "World class?"
No way. Not even big league!
BREAKING! Notice of Claim filed by
an assistant principal who was subjected to
discrimination, harassment and retaliation after she reported a
hostile work environment based on illegal sexual harassment at
Highland Junior High School.
New Allegations of Intimidation and
Retaliation at Highland Junior High School (August 2012)
Principal Brian Yee
Moved to Greenfield
Junior High School in an Unusual Transfer by
Superintendent Dave Allison, Skirting GPS Governing
Board Approval (July 2012)
Investigation report revelations about Highland Junior High School Principal Brian Yee
(May 2012). Includes back story information from viewer
What Teachers and Staff at
Highland Junior High School Can Expect from Investigation of Principal Brian Yee
(Investigation Part 1)
for Highland Junior High School Whistleblowers,
(Investigation Part 2)
Allegations and Investigations about Principal Brian Yee,
Gilbert Public Schools