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Former Yorkton principal pleads guilty to slew of professional misconduct charges
Published Friday, July 7, 2017 8:42AM CST
A former Yorkton school principal has pleaded guilty to six charges at a hearing of the Saskatchewan Professional Teacher’s Regulatory Board Discipline Committee.
Trent Senger, formerly principal of Sacred Heart School pleaded guilty in April 2017 to directing staff to falsify a student’s transcript, engaging in sexist, profane and belittling comments about colleagues, making humiliating comments about a student and a parent at a school event, failing to take appropriate steps to verify students would be eligible for graduation, and failing to hold sufficient fire drills.
According to the written decision of the board, Senger told staff to access the Ministry of Education’s Student Data System to falsify a student transcript. The board says the student was given a passing grade in a class the student had never enrolled in.
In regards to the second charge, the board decision document says that Senger called a staff member a “hooker” on two occasions and ridiculed her for being a teacher when she did not need the money. The document also says he made comments about the weight of two female staff members at the school in front of other staff members, “She is too big to walk down here.” And “she is just too lazy to get off her chair.” He was also observed belittling another colleague about a new relationship she was in, saying “I am just surprised anyone would go out with you.” He also pleaded guilty to 11 additional instances of profane, sexist and belittling comments.
In 2014 at a school athletic banquet as the Master of Ceremonies, Senger told the crowd “I’ll talk slower so [student] can understand.” At the same event in 2015, Senger made derogatory comments about garbage collectors, saying a former girlfriend of his had married one. One of the parents in the audience was a garbage collector, and his wife complained to Senger and his supervisor about the comments.
Senger also pleaded guilty to failing to make appropriate timetables for grade 11 and 12 students. As such, they did not have the appropriate classes to graduate.
He also pleaded guilty to failing to keep records of fire drills that took place at the school. By provincial law, there must be three fire drills in the first half of a school year and three additional drills in the second half of the year. A staff member says Senger only conducted three fire drills in the 2012/2013 school year, two fire drills in 2013/2014 and one in the 2014/2015 school year.
As a penalty, Senger agreed not to apply for a new teaching certificate within four years of Dec. 19, 2016. He also agreed to complete two courses in the areas of leadership skills, ethics, educational law or sensitivity training. He will also be restricted from entering or approving grades in the Ministry of Educational data system should another teaching certificate be granted.