Fired school board association officials speak out
A wrongful accusation of bullying may be behind the firing of two senior employees of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the two ex-staffers say.
Bill Wells, the organization's executive director, and Ardith Stephanson, his second in command, were let go from the school board group on Monday.
They say they did nothing wrong.
SSBA officials said earlier this week the terminations took place after a thorough investigation. The firings were with cause, but the association didn't provide details about the allegations, calling it a personnel matter.
At a news conference Thursday, Wells and Stephanson said the dismissals were unfair and handled poorly.
"We do not know who accused us, we do not know what we were accused of, we were not allowed to speak to the executive, and we found out in the press a few days later that we'd been fired," said Wells, who had been with the association for some 20 years.
However, they say they were told that some staff had complaints about Wells and the work environment. They suggested "problem employees" had made false accusations of bullying.
They said it appeared the board of the association sided with their accusers.
They also said they were humiliated when security guards escorted them out of the building in Regina on March 5.
"How do I feel?" Stephanson said. "To have your career taken away, it's devastating."
Stephanson, who had been with the association for 10 years, said she's hired a lawyer, but isn't sure if there will be legal action. She said she hopes an amicable agreement can be reached with the association.