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Keokuk School Board accepts Gina Sisk's resignation; Sisk was paid $70,000 during 2012-13 school year

May 22, 2013


Special to the MP News

KEOKUK — A Keokuk School District teacher and coach who has come under scrutiny in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed earlier this year in South Lee County District Court resigned Monday night.

The district placed Gina Sisk on paid administrative leave since March 28, 2012, shortly after a similar suit was brought against Sisk and her former employer, the New London School District.

Sisk taught physical education at Keokuk Middle School. She coached middle school cross country and high school girls track.

Jane Doe II, the pseudonym of the woman filing the Keokuk suit, alleges Sisk’s abuse began when she joined the track team in 2008 and ended in 2011. The lawsuit also alleges that former Keokuk High School Principal Michelle Lukavsky and the district neglected to investigate claims made by Jane Doe II and a parent and allowed the alleged abuse to happen on school property.

Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines represents Jane Doe II in the case. Sisk is represented by Alfredo Parrish and Tammy Westhoff Gentry of Des Moines, while Lukavsky and the district are represented by Steven Ort of New London.

The attorneys are scheduled to meet June 11 to set a trial date.

Sisk received $70,000 in salary during her leave.

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