Palm Beach Schools: Principal, Naked Janitor Fired; Teacher Sleeping With Student Quits

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What a busy week for the Palm Beach County School District -- an elementary-school principal was fired after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of furniture, the janitor found naked in a storage closet was fired too, and a teacher who admitted to having sex with a high school junior quit.

At the Palm Beach County School Board meeting last night, the board voted 5-1 to fire former Plumosa Elementary School Principal Priscilla Maloney, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Maloney has been accused of stealing more than $14,000 worth of furniture from her Delray Beach elementary school and giving it to a friend so it could be used at a Lantana funeral home.

Juan Rivera-Ortiz, a janitor at Bak Middle School of the Arts, was also fired.

In November, the school's assistant principal went into an orchestra-strings storage closet and found Rivera-Ortiz naked.

District reports don't describe exactly what he was doing in there, just that there were no clothes involved.

Then there's 29-year-old Susan Keppers, who was a reading teacher at Palm Beach Central High School.

She was sleeping with an 18-year-old junior at the high school -- we know this because the student's mother complained to the school when she came home one day and found Keppers in bed with her son.

Both Keppers and the student admitted to their relationship, and Keppers called it quits yesterday before she could be fired.

The student told district investigators he met Keppers through his 21-year-old brother, although they both claim that they never had sex until he was 18 and that none of their business occurred at school.

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