Flambeau School District officials charged with felony misconduct

The Flambeau School District building in Rusk County, Wis.
The Flambeau School District building in Rusk County, Wis.(Max Cotton)
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 10:44 PM CDT
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RUSK Co., Wis. (WEAU) - The Flambeau School Board President and District Administrator are facing felony misconduct charges in Rusk Co.

School Board President Julie Hauser faces two felony misconduct charges, while District Administrator Erica Schley faces one felony misconduct charge. She’s also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Her husband, Jeffrey Schley is also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaints, Jeffrey Schley tried to get a physical education teacher to change his daughter’s grade. He emailed the teacher, copying his wife on what the teacher believed was harassing emails.

The criminal complaint said it all started in January when Jeffrey Schley emailed the PE teacher requesting the grade change. The teacher took the emails to the principal. The emails were sent to the school board, and a board member then requested a special meeting to deal with the situation.

Under state law, once a board member submits a formal meeting request in writing to the board president or clerk, it must happen. The law does not give a required timetable to hold the meeting. It does require all board members be notified of the meeting at least 24 hours before it takes place.

The probable cause statement showed emails from Hauser to the board member who requested the meeting saying she never received a formal request. Another email in the probable cause statement shows that board member emailing Hauser requesting the special meeting. The probable cause statement also shows the board member tried unsuccessfully to put the item on the Feb. 17 regularly scheduled meeting’s agenda. As school board president, Hauser is accused of not taking action despite state law requiring it.

One parent in the school district said that she’s embarrassed Erica Schley and Hauser still hold their positions.

“We have people running our school directly that have no ethics and they are choosing to roll over whoever they can to get what they want and putting all the other children at risk of getting a poor education or even leaving the district because of that,” Laura Dutter-Nelson said.

When Dutter-Nelson tried to speak to the board about the issue during Wednesday’s regular school board meeting, her comments were cut short because it was not on the meeting agenda.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the board accepted the PE teacher’s resignation.

Erica Schley declined WEAU’s request for comment at the meeting. Hauser didn’t attend the meeting.

Erica Schley is due to make an initial appearance in court July 13. Her husband is due in court Aug. 16.

Hasuer made her initial court appearance June 11.

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