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Shepherd school board names new interim superintendent

Posted at 6:33 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 06:15:29-04

Drea O'Donnell, Shepherd's school district curriculum director, has been chosen as the new Shepherd interim superintendent Monday night at a school board meeting.

This decision came after two-year Superintendent Scott Carter was placed on administrative leave with pay last week for conduct that violated school district policy.

School Board Chairman Carl Openshaw did not say at the meeting what O'Donnell's salary was, only that he did not think it would change. O'Donnell said at the meeting that her new role would add to her already heavy workload.

On Sunday, Carter addressed his suspension in a letter on the Shepherd High School Facebook page.

He stated that he "violated the trust of the community by showing up at work Thursday morning smelling like alcohol."

Carter wrote that he "was drinking late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning."

When he showed up to work that morning a staff member thought they smelled alcohol and he admitted in the letter that he "did in fact have alcohol on his breath."