SARASOTA (WWSB) - A Manatee County principal has had his education certification revoked after the State Department of Education determined he knowingly helped an alleged sex offender get a teaching job in Sarasota County.
According to the Manatee County School Board, the commission in Tallahassee approved a five-year revocation of certificate, five years of probation, a $2,400 fine and an ethics course upon his return for Lincoln Memorial Academy principal Ed Hundley.
The chair of the board had recommended a permanent revocation of Hundley’s certificate, but two of the commissioners disagreed.
Hundley was accused of writing a letter recommending Quentin Peterson for a teaching position in Sarasota, even though he knew about sexual misconduct accusations against Peterson.
At a hearing earlier this year, Hundley defended himself, saying, “The district cannot provide any documentation or any evidence as to my involvement into this case regarding Mr. Peterson simply because I wasn’t.”
But the state determined otherwise. The Florida Department of Education presented multiple witnesses on the stand who say Hundley knew everything and still wrote the letter, including the Manatee School District Attorney, superintendents of both Manatee and Sarasota County Schools and Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler.