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La Cañada schools undecided on teacher accused of slur

December 8, 2011 |  4:37 pm

The fate of a La Cañada high school math teacher accused of calling one of her students a "Jew boy" remains uncertain after the school board failed to reach a decision Tuesday regarding potential disciplinary action.

The board met in closed session to discuss sanctions, up to and including dismissal, of teacher Gabrielle Leko. After a formal complaint against her, she was directed to undergo sensitivity and diversity training.

In June, then-board member Cindy Wilcox accused Leko of addressing a student as "Jew boy," among other offenses. Wilcox, who declined to run for reelection and no longer is a member of the board, was not part of the school board's closed-door deliberations, the La Cañada Valley Sun reported.

Despite meeting both before and after their annual reorganizational meeting on the issue, the board broke at midnight and announced that no decision had been reached. The governing body is scheduled to discuss the issue again at 5 p.m. Dec. 21.

Whatever that decision turns out to be, however, it will be kept under wraps. Supt. Wendy Sinnette has said that no actions decided upon by the board will be made public, as dictated by the district-teacher union contract.

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

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