Sterling Superintendent Resigns After School Mix-Up

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    Rena Klebart, the superintendent of schools in Sterling, has resigned nearly two weeks after an incident in which a student was mistakenly taken from the Sterling Community School.

    The superintendent of schools in Sterling has resigned nearly two weeks after an incident in which a student was mistakenly taken from the Sterling Community School.

    The Sterling Board of Education met Wednesday to consider Rena Klebart's resignation letter.

    On February 21, a great-grandfather picked up a kindergarten student and drove him to his house before realizing he had taken the wrong child. The man's wife called the school to report the mistake. The school was not aware the child was missing until receiving the call.

    The 5-year-old boy was not harmed and the man returned the child to the school.

    At an emergency Board of Education meeting on February 25, Angela Stone, whose child was taken, called school leaders incompetent and demanded that disciplinary action be taken against the administration.

    "This unbelievable and terrifying incident has placed a spotlight on the school's lack of security, particularly at bus pick-up and drop-off time," Stone said at the meeting.

    In a statement released on Thursday, Board of Education chair Renee Theroux-Keech said the Board did not seek or expect Klebart's resignation.

    Klebart told Board members she hoped her resignation "would allow the District and the school community to focus once again on students."