Pocatello Teacher Accused of Felony DUI Placed on Administrative Leave, with Pay

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Updated: 8/22/2014 10:48 pm

Amy Smith, former Edahow Elementary School teacher, has been placed on paid administrative leave by officials at School District 25, according to a letter from the district to Smith. Smith is charged with felony aggrevated DUI charges after driving under the influence of prescription drugs and causing injury to a school crossing guard in May. Parents with students at Tyhee Elementary were informed that Smith had been reassigned to teach there for the 2013-2014 school year, but she has since been placed on administrative leave. The letter, obtained from an attorney at the law firm representing Smith, Kumm and Reichart, cites nine concerns the district has, including possible ethics violations for Idaho professional educators, employee standards of conduct "specificaly relating to safety, insubordination, destruction of property and intoxications."

Upon inquiry to the school district about the letter and a school board hearing regarding the change of Smith's teaching status, the district released a statement saying, “If the School Board takes action on any personnel issue, the result of that action would be communicated to the individual in writing. Idaho Code prevents the school district from responding to any individual personnel action taken by the board. Minutes from the board’s meetings are available through the Board Clerk at the school district.” 

The letter also says the district received numerous requests from parents to have thier child removed from Amy Smith's classroom, and that more requests were expected. It states some parents who don't have children in Smith's classroom also inquired about the safety of their kids at school, based on the May crash.

The letter did not outline the length of time Smith would remain on paid administrative leave, or any circumstance that would cause the school board to change the status of the leave.

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