School board votes to terminate Superintendent Pete Lewis

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has voted unanimously to terminate Superintendent Pete Lewis from his position.

According to a press release sent by Board President Heidi Haas, Lewis "failed to perform" his duty and further states he failed to oversee "investigations of employees accused of serious inappropriate conduct with students."

Inside the release was a preliminary summary of the internal investigation conducted by the Board during the time of Lewis' suspension involving Hutchison High School tutor Claude Fowlkes.

The findings show a time line in which, Fowlkes, accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old student, received numerous other complaints about inappropriate and illicit behavior dating back to 2008.

The timeline states a case in 2009 when a male Lathrop High School student filed a complaint about Fowlkes, where an investigation resulted in no disciplinary actions.

It continues to state another complaint with a student in 2012, where Fowlkes engaged in "vulgar and sophomoric" language on Facebook with the male student from Tanana Middle School; the findings say there was "no record of discipline for the conduct."

The Board stated in the release, it "needs a significant cultural shift to ensure allegations of employee misconduct involving students be handled in an appropriate manner."