Should William Latson be reinstated?
That’s the question that Palm Beach County School Board members are now reconsidering during their Wednesday meeting.
Last month, they voted 4-3 to reinstate William Latson, the former Spanish River High School principal who was fired after telling a parent he could not confirm the Holocaust happened.
A few days, school board Chairman Frank Barbieri changed his mind and said that vote should be rescinded.
A school district spokeswoman says they are also considering more than 20 hours of public comment on the matter.
Our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, reports that school district HR Director Gonzalo La Cava is also set to ask the board to decide on whether to approve moving Latson to the district’s Transportation Services Department.
Late last week Friday, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran also requested that Latson’s professional educator certificate be cancelled immediately.
The former principal was terminated after being unreachable during an investigation into the email controversy with the parent.
However, Administrative Law Judge Robert Cohen ruled last month that although “Latson did commit several acts of poor judgment,” his conduct “did not rise to the level of just cause for suspension or termination because the conduct was not so severe as to support that level of discipline.”