A former assistant principal in Washington, D.C., who worked remotely during the pandemic may be in trouble for working simultaneously in person as the principal of a middle school in Rhode Island for 17 weeks, according to an ethics board complaint.
Michael Redmond, who has worked for the D.C. public school system since 2014, could face thousands of dollars in fines, or a year in prison, for violating the District of Columbia Code of Conduct, which prohibits an employee from having two jobs, according to D.C. law.
Redmond acknowledged holding both jobs and claimed he resigned from his role as assistant principal of Kramer Middle School in D.C. when he learned double duty was not allowed.
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"I worked virtually as the [assistant principal] for Kramer during fall 2020 fulfilling all duties and responsibilities … with highly effective ratings while also working in-person as the principal in Providence, also receiving excellent marks," Redmond told thw Washington Post.
Rhode Island Department of Education spokesman Victor Morente said Redmond "separated" from his job as principal of Truesdell Education Campus in Providence, Rhode Island, in April, according to the Providence Journal.
D.C. officials outlined the double-dipping incident in a filing to the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability earlier this month. The complaint alleges Redmond took his job with Kramer at the start of the 2019-20 school year with a salary of $125,434. In July 2020, he allegedly took the job in Providence and pulled both shifts for four months. It is not clear how much he made as principal.
"Respondent worked on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at Providence Public Schools while working weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for DCPS," officials claimed in the 22-page document. "Respondent reported to his Providence Public Schools position in-person and simultaneously worked virtually as Assistant Principal at Kramer."
Officials added that because he worked both jobs, he violated four provisions of D.C.'s code of conduct, including using government time to do things unrelated to official government business and accepting outside compensation during working hours.
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D.C. rules allow Redmond to file a response, which was due last week. The board of ethics is set to conduct a hearing at which Redmond can testify and bring witnesses, according to the Washington Post.
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