Friday, October 19, 2012
Supporters Plead For D158 Teacher Charged With Theft
December 17 is the trial date for 42 year-old Kimberlee Lyn Hoffmann, Marengo, on a misdemeanor charge of theft lost or mislaid property. Huntley police said they used a built-in GPS locator to track a lost cellphone to Hoffmann's handbag Sept. 5.
However, fellow cheeleading coach Julia Brunken told the Board, after Hoffmann found the phone in a restroom before practice, both coaches tried to find out to whom it belonged. No one claimed it and later, "It was so chaotic three weeks before Homecoming, I forgot, as well as Kim, to mention it," she said.
LITH Dad Ken Morel asked Board members to put Hoffmann back in class. "Since she left my daughter's been struggling big-time," he said. Other parents complained the school hadn't provided substitute teachers to replace Hoffmann.
In closed session Thursday the Board voted to suspend an unnamed teacher for unspecified reasons for 30 days without pay. Superintendent John Burkey, not specifically commenting on Hoffmann's case, said there was a difference between School District rules and the law. "Whatever could happen to an employee in the courts is a separate issue," he said.
Human Resources Chief Jessica Lombard said substitute teachers were covering all of Hoffmann's scheduled classes.
In the pic: Kimberlee Lyn Hoffmann