Archive for Thursday, October 12, 2006

Former BHS principal files complaint withh EEOC

October 12, 2006

Former Baldwin High School principal Allen Poplin has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Baldwin School District, according to Bob Bezek, district attorney.

"Allen Poplin has filed a complaint with the EEOC based on disability," Bezek said Wednesday morning. "Essentially what he's claiming is his contract was not renewed and it was because he is disabled. I don't think that's true."

Poplin had been a principal in the Baldwin district since 1992. He took over as principal at BHS in 2001. In June of 2004, Poplin fell from a ladder while building a home in rural Baldwin and was taken by air ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Poplin suffered a broken femur and had fractures to vertebrae, along with other minor injuries, including cuts and bruises. He fell 20 feet from the ladder into the basement and landed on the concrete floor.

Poplin missed most of the fall 2004 semester at BHS while recuperating, but did make appearances at the school and activities and worked from home. He returned on a full-time basis later that school year.

The Baldwin School Board voted 6-1 not to renew Poplin's contract in March.

Bezek said he was informed of the complaint at Monday's School Board meeting. It had been received at the district office on Friday. A process now starts with the complaint.

"Basically, I'll investigate," said Bezek. "I have to file a response to the EEOC by November. Then it will be an investigation or mediation process, depending on which way we decide to take it."

Poplin could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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