Fairbanks school board fires superintendent

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has fired Superintendent Pete Lewis for what it says was incompetence.

Reports say Lewis has five days to appeal. He told the newspaper he's exploring all options.

School board members say the firing was related to a "total failure of leadership" in investigating and retaining employees, including how Lewis handled allegations of sexual abuse by a tutor at a district high school.

Board President Heidi Haas says a culture developed under Lewis' leadership that caused allegations of employee misconduct to be ignored or dealt with haphazardly.

They also accused him of putting the district at risk of violating labor laws by allowing an employee to work off the clock.

Lewis has been on paid administrative leave since April 7.