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School board to vote on settlement regarding Yucaipa teacher who had sex with minor

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Beau Yarbrough Sheila Heacock (Courtesy)

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified school board is expected to settle with the family of a boy after a teacher had a three-month sexual relationship with him when he was 16 years old.

Sheila Heacock is the only Yucaipa-Calimesa teacher whose teaching credential has been revoked in the past five years, according to documents released by the school district. Heacock was fired and reported to state credentialing authorities three years ago after she pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor at least three years younger than her.

According to San Bernardino County court records, the Yucaipa-Calimesa school board is expected to vote on a proposed settlement agreement at an upcoming meeting.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, and won’t be for “a week or two,” Superintendent Cali Binks wrote in an email on Thursday.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7, and its agenda will be made public on Friday, Nov. 3.

In an April 18, 2014, letter released by the district in response to a California Public Records Act request by this organization, then-Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Melissa Moore told Heacock, “Effective immediately, you are not to be on any school grounds.”

The letter is part of a set of documents released by the district in response to this organization’s public records request, the second such request sent to public school districts in the past five years.

In 2012, this organization asked districts for five years of teacher complaints, along with documents and information about the outcomes of the investigations. The request was in response to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 2011 Miramonte Elementary School sex scandal. The resulting series of articles, titled Safe Schools, looked at teacher complaints in school districts across Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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