St. Francis School Board member Matt Rustad admits to plagiarism, lying
Before its Dec. 10 meeting, the St. Francis District 15 School Board will know what an administrative hearing officer has recommended should be done about Boardmember Matt Rustad.
Rustad submitted a 2010 blog entry written by Vernon Smith on the topic of paperless school districts as his own in the September edition of The Courier, the District 15 monthly newsletter.
During the nearly four-hour Nov. 14 administrative hearing before a hearing officer, Rustad admitted under oath, while being cross examined by District 15 attorney Amy Mace, that he intentionally plagiarized, lied when confronted and created an alterative article the day he found out that he had got caught in hopes of passing it off as the article he had planned to turn in for the September issue. See more in Tammy Sakry’s ABC Newspapers story.