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“Processes were not followed:” Administrator on leave after parents notify charter school officials as to employee’s past

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SHEBOYGAN (WITI) -- She hid the corpse of her own child, so parents in Sheboygan are wondering why she was allowed to help teach their kids. Lake Country Academy officials say a felon is now gone, and the school's founder has been placed on administrative leave.

The Lake Country Academy, just off of 40th Street in Sheboygan serves Pre-K through eighth-grade students. The public charter school is currently without one of its founders. Carla Koepp has been placed on administrative leave after parents raised concerns about someone in the classroom.

Back in 2006, in Winnebago County, 17-year-old Kristen Cleaver was accused of concealing her pregnancy -- eventually giving birth in a bathtub. She was accused of letting her baby drown and then hiding the corpse in a bedroom closet. Her parents noticed a foul smell, and that led to Cleaver pleading no contest to concealing the death of a child. She was sentenced to six months in prison and two years probation.

Lake Country Academy parents can't believe Cleaver was helping teach kids at their school. She now goes by the name Kristen Kintopf.

A statement released by Lake Country Academy officials says:

"This individual was hired by our school initially in a cleaning role. Later she was moved to a marketing/test coordination role. She did sub recently in a Direct Instruction math group as a para-professional under the supervision of teachers."

Parents notified school officials as to Kintopf's past. School officials say:

"Hiring at our school is the role of the administrator.  In this case, processes were not followed."

Kintopf has subsequently been fired. Carla Koepp will be on administrative leave for the remainder of this school year.

Below is the full statement issued by Lake Country Academy officials:

"Lake Country Academy is dedicated to Core Knowledge, Core Virtues and Direct Instruction. As a public chartered school with the Sheboygan Area School District, we understand the importance of providing information. The topics that are a part of the Sheboygan Press article posted last night and today are confidential and sensitive to all involved. However, we feel it is important to respond to inquiries to ensure we are communicating appropriately.

Hiring at our school is the role of the Administrator. In this case, processes in place were not followed appropriately. This individual was hired at our school initially in a cleaning role. Later, she was moved to a marketing/test coordination role. She did sub recently in a Direct Instruction math group as a para-professional under the supervision of teachers. When the Board was made aware of the background of this individual by some parents, we immediately directed the Administrator to remove her from any student contact and she is no longer with the school.

Our Administrator, Carla Koepp is on administrative leave for the balance of the school year.

Lake Country Academy is committed to providing educational excellence as a public chartered school in partnership with the Sheboygan Area School District. We are working hard to move our school forward, and embrace the opportunities we have to become an even stronger school."

1 Comment

  • Rebecca Stewart

    Mrs. Koepp was always and will always be the best. She helped us students find our potential and believe in our self. When something was going on the we were a danger to ourselves or someone else was she was there and she helped us. It has always been more than just a job for her. She would never put us in harms way. I trust her with my life, that includes my education. I will stand by any decision she makes. I am happy only that Mr. D is the administrator for now, until Mrs. Koepp comes back he will do an outstanding job. LCA is more than a school. We are and always will be a family. That is what makes us different. That is why the students have such a bright academic future.

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