Gina Sisk's Lee County trial will not begin until September 2014
By MEGAN SPEES
Special to the MP News
KEOKUK — A civil case against the Keokuk School District and two former employees won’t go to trial for at least another year.
A sexual abuse suit was filed in February by a former student against ex-Keokuk teacher and coach Gina Sisk. The alleged victim, identified in court documents as “Jane Doe II,” also claims the district and then-high school Principal Michelle Lukavsky neglected to investigate abuse that allegedly took place between 2009 and 2011.
Attorneys for Jane Doe II and the accused parties met Monday by telephone to schedule a trial date of 9 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014, at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.
The trial is expected to last approximately 10 days, according to the trial scheduling order filed Monday.
The pre-trial conference is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 4, 2014, and may be held via conference call with court approval.
The hearing regarding a motion for protective order on Keokuk Police Department records related to the case will be continued to a later date. It was originally scheduled for Monday but will take longer than the time that was allotted on that date, according to court documents.
Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin represents Jane Doe II in the case. Attorneys Tammy Westhoff Gentry and Alfredo Parrish, also of Des Moines, represent Sisk.
Sisk resigned from the Keokuk School District in May. She taught middle school physical education and was Jane Doe II’s high school girls track coach.
She was placed on paid administrative leave in 2012 when a similar suit was filed in Henry County against Sisk and the New London School District by “Jane Doe I,” a former New London student who alleges she was abused by Sisk from 2000 to 2006. That case is on hold in the Iowa Supreme Court.
Sisk received approximately $70,000 in salary and benefits while she was on leave from the Keokuk School District.