GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- As the investigation into the alleged misuse of state standardized tests at Eisenhower elementary continues, a former employee is criticizing the Green Bay School District for its lack of transparency.
Terry Fondow worked for the district for ten years, eight of them as the Principal of East High School before retiring in 2006. Fondow said the district should be conducting the "public's business in the public."
"If what they've told us is the truth, that what she did is look at a test before administering it and allowed some teachers do that, if that's what there is, then they've mishandled this from day one," said Fondow.
From day one the Green Bay school district has not divulged the details of its investigation at Eisenhower elementary.
The facts have mainly come from the DPI, and show a principal, Claudia Orr, allowed teachers to preview WKCE tests, that some test items, were used as practice tests at Eisenhower and that staff involved had been reassigned or reprimanded..
For Orr it was a transfer to the district office for a position as the "director of professional learning", which according to district records ends after this school year.
"Opening up the test, it's against the rules, Claudia should have known that and I'm not minimizing that," said Fondow, but he believes if what the district said happened is that's all that happened, then Orr's punishment is too severe.
"I think, maybe you take Claudia out of the school for a few days during the investigation, and if that's all you've revealed, put her back in that school," said Fondow.
Orr is under a gag order but teachers and family who have spoken on her behalf believe what happened at Eisenhower is happening district wide and an email obtained by local five shows district administrator Brenden Whitfield giving Orr permission to look over the exams but still the district has refused to comment.
"There will be a desire to minimize what people ever find out about this," said Fondow.
Fondow's problem lies with the district desire to keep public information secret, and begs the question off why the need for secrecy if all the facts are already out.
"I think it's wrong, and it's something that's been an issue for me throughout my career and it continues to be," said Fondow.
The DPI tells local five they hope to conclude this inquiry by early March.