Des Moines School Board Under Fire After Sebring Scandal

Judy Hartnett's picture
Thursday, June 7, 2012

Parents and community members are urging greater accountability from the Des Moines school board, with some demanding an investigation into the influence former superintendent Nancy Sebring asserted over elected officials.

Sebring resigned abruptly last month after staff discovered she used a district email account to exchange sexually explicit messages with her male lover.

Other emails obtained by The Des Moines Register show Sebring repeatedly attempted to dissuade school board members and others from criticizing a district charter school operated by her sister, Nina Rasmusson.

In one message, Sebring tells Rasmusson “we’re having a little trouble reigning (sic) in two of our new board members.” She refers to an unnamed board member as a “dear friend” in another.

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