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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 am, Thu Aug 23, 2012.

A Calaveras County judge has scheduled yet another court date to set a preliminary hearing for Robert Rappleye, a Galt school administrator who is accused of striking another golfer with a golf club. The next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.

The Galt High School assistant principal remains on paid administrative leave after the alleged altercation at an Angels Camp golf course earlier this summer.

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  • Mike Adams posted at 5:42 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1574

    LNS" You might want to adjust your filter. CUMulative folder is almost always abreviated as above.

  • Mike Adams posted at 5:40 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1574

    If what this is true, then Mr. Rappleye has no business being anywhere near a school and especially in a position of responsibility such as teacher or administrator. They have no business as a classified employee in the similar positions.
    As a retired teacher-administrator, I have seen more than my share of incidents where a certificated individual has made major mistakes that showed a true lack of discipline on their part. I have seen more than one individual put on paid leave, brought back and put on paid leave again for another incident. I can say that in over 30 years, I've never even had a complaint lodged against me and this is true of almost every other certificated employee (and classified as well) I have worked with.

    I don't know what may have been going through Mr. Rappleye's head at the time, but I suspect, given the suddenness and viciousness of this attack, he may have some sort of mental issue. I'm actually hoping this is the case because it is something that might be treatable, rather than just deciding on a whim to beat someone with a golf club.

    As for "paid administrative leave"..... there are situations (and I am aware of many) where a complaint has been lodged (and it usually is of some sort of @#$% misconduct) and the teacher was on paid leave until the charges were filed. This teacher now had no income and a big legal bill. Fortunately (for the teacher), when this case went to trial (which is very unusual), the judged dismissed the charge without even hearing the teacher's defense. The judge made it a point to acknowledge that this particular case never even should have been filed and that the prosecution's case was so weak they were admonished. Turns out, the student had a history of this sort of thing in another district, and generally, one district can't always forward "all" the information in his/her cummulative folder.

    This teacher, a very good, respected teacher, with a long tenure and a mentor, had his name dragged through the mud. All the rumors, and stories floating around, none of them true mind you, were a staple of lunchroom debate for months. This teacher retired when he returned to work, but he might have stayed a couple of more years. His school and district would have benefited and especially his students. A great way to end a career.

    Administrative leave is just a procedural step when a complaint is lodged for some offenses. The district MUST put the individual on leave. Because the teacher did not request the leave, the district MUST continue to pay him/her until charges are filed, afterwhich, the pay stops coming. Should the complaint be overturned, withdrawn, adjudicated innocent, the teacher is allowed to return and back pay/sick days/etc. must be returned as if what ever never happened.

    Again, as stated earlier, there are some teachers who can just seem to live year after year on adminstrative leave. Didn't do something bad enough to fire, but the district can't sustain a dismissal. So what do you do? You can't fire them because they haven't done something THAT bad. You don't want to let them in with kids because where ever they go, something bad happens. So they just sit home, collecting a paycheck. And that's the way it is. I don't like it. Most teachers/administrators don't like it either.

    This, by the way, has nothing to do with union contracts. The union is involved generally by supplying an attorney. And maybe making the teacher "whole" again after adjudication. Also, some teachers/administrators/classified staff are involved in some, well odd practices. These usually boarder on the "weird" classification. Sometimes it's soxual. Sometimes it's religious. They fall into the "EEEeeeWWWwwwwoooooo" category. They aren't illegal (assuming there was no use of facilities, appliances, time, etc.) As they aren't breaking any law, we can't do anything to them. Most of the time, it's information you could have done well without knowing.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:27 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Do the Galt Districts have a union for administrators?

    Usually, as an administrator he can pay CTA for his annual membership (cash in full, up front for the school year) and receive CTA benefits (insurance deals, legal assistance for school related incidents, etc.).

    But I doubt CTA can help him in this case.

  • Jason Wilkins posted at 10:22 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Jason Wilkins Posts: 32

    It always amazes me how some folks get put on "paid administrative leave". If he is still getting paid I feel he should still be required to do his job. Especially if he is being paid by a school district. Unfortunately he is a longtime certificated employee who is most likely under the protection of a union contract.



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