Des Moines schools superintendent Nancy Sebring was planning to leave her job to take the superintendent position in Omaha. She resigned abruptly, and ultimately lost the Omaha job, because of sexually explicit e-mails sent from her district account to her lover during work hours.
The Des Moines Register, whose public records request inadvertently led to the discovery, reported that district policy “forbids using school computers or email accounts for personal correspondence. It also forbids the exchange of sexually explicit materials. In addition, the school system’s handbook for administrators states, ‘Administrators are expected to lead by example, with honesty and integrity, and refrain from conduct which may be considered unprofessional or inappropriate.’”
The e-mails ended up on The Smoking Gun – never a good thing for your career. Here is the link, but if you pass it around using your work account, you might find yourself in similar hot water, so use discretion. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/superintendent-sex-emails-769341)
The gentleman involved, who is not a school district employee, is seeking a court injunction to keep his name redacted from the public record. According to court documents, the man is “experiencing intense humiliation and embarrassment due to the publication of intimate material.”