A Killeen ISD employee was caught operating a trucking business during school hours, according to documents obtained by the Herald.
A 2018 report by Killeen Independent School District investigator Charles “Chuck” Kelly, obtained in response to a 2021 open records request, detailed an investigation into an Ellison High School nurse accused of working for the trucking business of her fiance while at work and did not fairly serve students with disabilities.
According to the district’s investigation, a KISD IT analysis revealed that the employee’s computer had a “high level of Internet usage associated with the trucking industry.”
The report did not document requests for school video or additional documentation related to allegations that the nurse denied care to some students with disabilities.
“Numerous complaints” were made to the campus-level nurse before reaching Kelly’s desk.
A complaint about the nurse’s conduct was made to Ellison by a co-worker in late 2017, but was not investigated by Kelly until April 30, 2018, when the case was assigned to the deputy chief at the time.
According to district documents, Nurse Ellison was accused of taking “numerous calls regarding freight, payments and invoices” while on campus.
“She (the nurse) reportedly searched for loads throughout the day and called her partner about where the loads were and were available for pick up,” Kelly’s report stated.
The accused nurse, according to the report, admitted to sending emails and faxes while employed at Ellison.
“She implied that this was not a good idea in retrospect,” Kelly wrote in her report.
KISD IT records found evidence that the nurse sent and received business-related emails during the workday, as alleged by the complainant.
“She (complainant) reported several situations in which (the nurse) refused to serve students with special needs because of the intimacy of the needs,” Kelly wrote in a summary of the interview with the complainant. “(The colleague) advised him [the nurse] refused, stating that certain children with special needs were difficult to work with because of the way they looked.
The colleague, according to 2017 emails provided to the Herald, said she reported the nurse had created an “unstable work environment for everyone around her,” leaving students’ prescribed controlled substances unattended and unlocked, denying care to students with disabilities and failing to report a disturbing conversation with a KISD police officer in which the nurse was asked to lie about a student pulling a fire alarm in order to “blame the charges” against the student.
Ellison High Principal David Dominguez confirmed to Kelly that he has received numerous complaints about the nurse in question.
“He reported that there have been numerous complaints filed and received at Ellison High School regarding Nurse (redacted) this school year,” Kelly’s report states. “Complaints range from misunderstandings with colleagues to non-fulfilment of duties. Principal Dominguez notified of complaints related to failure to serve SKILLS students.’
The nurse accused of running the trucking business while employed at KISD is currently listed as a school nurse at another Central Texas school district.
KISD is in the process of creating new written guidelines for staff regarding the district’s investigative process.
During the district’s school board meeting on Sept. 27, board president Brett Williams, board vice president Susan Jones and board members Brenda Adams, Cullen Mills and Oliver Mintz requested improvements to the district’s investigative protocol.
Adams said she is concerned about the district’s consistency in investigating all claims.
“I’m a firm believer that if you don’t document it, it never happened,” Adams said during the Sept. 27 meeting. “If you can’t get your hands on a document … it makes people wonder. I hope we can seek some clarity, some consistency, so that we don’t seem biased by certain groups or positions.
Superintendent John Craft said the district will work to put new processes in place for investigations.
“I think we can develop some sort of system protocol … logging, tracking, creating a database of investigations and definitely cleaning up the administrative procedures to make it very clear what really triggers investigations at what level,” Craft said. “… We got it.”
The next KISD School Board meeting will be at 6:00 pm on Tuesday at 200 NWS Young Drive in Killeen.