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Metro Council member who avoided JCPS firing returns to work but not classroom

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Vitalis Lanshima Vitalis Lanshima

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A newly appointed Louisville Metro Council member who had his termination from Jefferson County Public Schools reversed returned to work at the district on Wednesday but not in a classroom.

Vitalis Lanshima, who had taught special education at Ramsey Middle School, will work in the district’s English as a second language office and assist families as they transition to JCPS, according to district spokesman Daniel Kemp.

Lanshima, who was appointed Dec. 14 to fill the District 21 vacancy left by the removal of fellow Democrat Dan Johnson, had been fired by JCPS amid allegations that he wrestled with a student in class, flipped a desk in an intimidating manner and withheld lunch from students.

JCPS terminated Lanshima Oct. 24, but Lanshima appealed that decision and was placed on unpaid leave. He told reporters Dec. 19 that the accusations against him were overblown.

JCPS and Lanshima ultimately reached a settlement Dec. 21, stipulating that he would return to work by Wednesday at a location chosen by the school district. The termination letter he received was also removed from his personnel file, and he was allowed to use sick time to cover his pay between Oct. 25 and Wednesday, according to the agreement.

Lanshima called the resolution “a welcomed development” and said in a statement at the time that he looked “forward to continuing to positively impact the lives of my students as we prepare them to become productive members of society.”

Reach reporter Kevin Wheatley at 502-585-0838 and kwheatley@wdrb.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinWheatleyKY.

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