Powell asst. principal cleared of sex with student accusations

Powell asst. principal cleared of sex with student accusations

Kim Kallenberg Kim Kallenberg

August 11, 2006

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- An assistant principal at Powell High School has been cleared in part by the school system. This after an investigation found accusations of a sexual relationship with a student were unfounded.

Assistant Principal Kim Kallenberg, 36, is still under investigation on accusations of grade tampering and inappropriate conduct, according to a statement from the school system.

"First of all, I want to say that I'm pleased that representatives from Knox County Schools have admitted that the sexual allegations made against me are unfounded," Kallenberg said. "My family and I have been devastated by the falsehood of these allegations."

The student Kallenberg was accused of being involved with, 18-year-old Joseph Lee Smith, signed an affidavit that said, "I have never had any sexual or inappropriate relationship with Kimberly L. Kallenberg."

The state Department of Children's Services was notified about the relationship accusations but declined to investigate because the student is 18.

Kallenberg went on to say Friday, "I do want my family and my friends and my students to know that the remaining allegations are also false, and that's it. Thank you."

School officials have not said how many students they suspect had their grades changed. But Kallenberg's attorney, Greg Isaacs, said in July, "She shares the Knox County School Board's desire to find out who did it and to correct and remedy the situation." 

Kallenberg filed a discrimination complaint against the Knox County School System last week over the investigation of her alleged student relationship.

In the complaint, Kallenberg says she believes she was suspended and transferred because she's a woman. She goes on to say she is aware of similar investigations involving male teachers who were treated differently.

In another complaint filed last week, Kallenberg claims the school system improperly disclosed the name and records of the student linked to her in the investigation. This complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education.

Kallenberg's attorney, Greg Isaacs is calling for a probe into the school's investigation about the alleged relationship. He believes it was mishandled from the start.

Isaacs says, "We are going to ask the Knox County Board of Education to investigate this investigation. We hope that the school board will make sure the standard of accountability that others are seeking to impose on my client are imposed on the decision makers and we want to know the age old question in Tennessee, what they knew and when they knew it."

Kallenberg was first hired as an English teacher in 1997. She became the assistant principal at Powell High three years ago.

Smith was arrested on a DUI charge eight days after the report involving he and Kallenberg.

He was dismissed from the Vols football team, losing a full athletic scholarship as an incoming freshman. He would have played tight end.

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