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Administrator Resigns After Getting 2nd Ticket For DUS

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

A Glenwood Community School District administrator has resigned after being ticketed a second time in 11 days for driving under a suspended license (DUS).

The resignation of Joseph Giangreco, the district’s director of student services since 2009, was accepted Monday night following a 51-minute, closed-door discussion by the Glenwood Board of Education.

Giangreco, 57, was pulled over at 3:25 p.m. last Tuesday, Sept. 3, near Nuckolls and Vine Streets in Glenwood by the Iowa State Patrol. He was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and unlawful use of a license.

On Aug. 23, Giangreco was stopped by Glenwood Police for an alleged traffic violation near Fourth and Locust Streets. At that time the officer made the dual discovery that Giangreco was wanted on a Page County warrant for fifth degree theft and that his driver’s license was suspended. Giangreco was arrested and detained at the Mills County Jail until being released on a $650 cash bond in the Page County case.

Giangreco appeared Aug. 26 in Page County District Court on the misdemeanor theft charge for writing a check on insufficient funds. That charge was dismissed with the stipulation Giangreco pay restitution and administrative court costs.

Giangreco was granted a continuance on Aug. 30 for his initial DUS charge by Mills County Magistrate Lyle Mayberry. Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said the continuance was designed to give Giangreco time  “to restore his driver’s license.” Giangreco is scheduled to appear in court on that case Oct. 4. He is also scheduled to be in Mills County District Court on Sept. 17 to address the most recent DUS charge.

Hansen said he isn’t sure how the second citations will affect the continuance Giangreco received on the first citation.

“That is something I will have to discuss with Mr. Giangreco,” Hansen said. “I will tell you, as a general rule of thumb if someone gets a DUS (driving under suspension) we try to work with them to get their driver’s license back and get them legal. Part of that equation is you don’t continue to get into trouble. Since it was relatively simple on the things he needed to do to get his driver’s license back, that’s going to factor into this.”

At Monday’s special meeting, the school board voted unanimously to accept Giangreco’s resignation.

A second matter considered by the board concerned a “settlement agreement and release.” That motion carried by a 3-2 margin with Theresa Romens, Craig Patzer and Ann Staiert voting for the agreement while Henry Clark and Dave Blum both voted no.

Following the vote, Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray read a prepared statement, saying, “The board accepted Mr. Giangreco’s resignation as part of a mutual agreement with him to end his employment with the district. Since this is a confidential, personnel matter, the law prevents the district from providing any more detailed information regarding the matter.”

Tuesday morning, the school district released  terms of the settlement agreement. Giangreco  will receive his full salary and benefit package through Oct. 31, which totals $20,369 in compensation, according to  school district  business manager and board secretary Shirley Lundgren.

Giangreco, who wasn’t present at Monday’s meeting, was paid a salary of $104,620 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

All five school board members declined comment following Monday’s meeting.

Romens, when reached Friday, was unaware of Giangreco’s second DUS ticket. She declined to say if she believed Giangreco’s actions were unprofessional for a school district administrator.

“I think as adults we all have that responsibility to mentor our kids and be good citizens,” Romens said. “I think all adults, administrator or not, I think we all have that responsibility that we should be teaching our kids the right way to drive. We have to role model those kinds of good examples. Just because he’s an administrator . . . I think all adults in our community need to do that for the kids.”