The Akron Public Schools Board of Education has given Melissa Cairns, a middle school math teacher at Buchtel Community Learning Center, until Jan. 26 to respond to allegations that she had posted a photo of her students’ duct-taped mouths on her personal Facebook page.
The board voted on Jan. 14 to pursue the termination of Cairns, who received a notice to that effect on Jan. 16. Pending Cairns’ request for a hearing, the board is expected to vote on Cairns’ termination at its next meeting on Jan. 28.
According to APS spokeswoman Sarah Hollander, Cairns has been on paid leave since Oct. 19.
The teachers’ union said it intends to request a referee in the matter.