2005, Beth accompanied Warning to her next scheduled remediation
meeting. When they arrived at Principal Runyan’s office they saw that
Dr. Pointer was present. Dr. Pointer was quite upset and began the
meeting by advising Beth that she would no longer be permitted to
attend Warning’s remediation meetings. According to notes Beth took
of the meeting, Warning became emotional and expressed her belief
that “things were very negative against her” and that she felt she
needed the support of Beth’s representation because she really felt like
she was going to be terminated, and she still did not understand why
because her performance had not been substandard prior to that.
As the meeting progressed, Dr. Pointer countermanded herself
and agreed to permit Beth to attend Warning’s remediation meetings.
However, this permission was contingent on Beth’s promise to act as
a mere observer during the meetings. In other words, Beth was not
permitted to speak or participate in the meetings, communicate with
Warning during the meeting, or answer any questions directed at
Warning. In fact, Beth was told that if she tried to participate in the
meeting in any way, Principal Runyan was instructed to have her
removed from the meeting.
On March 22, 2005, Principal Runyan held another remediation
meeting to make up for the March 18 meeting that had been taken up
discussing Beth’s participation. Beth attended this meeting and,
according to her notes, Principal Runyan used this time to review
Warning’s lesson plans with her. Runyan also discussed with Warning
the methods she used in her classroom, as well as her communication
with staff and assignment of duties to peer professionals. According
to Beth, Principal Runyan appeared to be satisfied with Warning’s
lesson plans and the information she provided to him. He then gave
Warning a reading assignment–to read a chapter from a book that
Principal Runyan had shown Warning. When Principal Runyan
indicated that he would need the book back, Warning immediately
became upset and demanded to know how she was going to read a 53-
page chapter without access to the book. Beth noted that she
interceded, suggesting that Warning photocopy the chapter.
Beth also reported that during the March 22, 2005, meeting,
Principal Runyan broached the subject of Warning’s past difficulties
in “getting along with people.” Immediately, Warning became
defensive and wanted to know specifics, stating that she was “not
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