H-BUELLTON

Jul 30, 2012 12:46 AM by The Associated Press

Buellton Union School District Superintendent steps down

BUELLTON, Calif. (AP) - A school superintendent in Santa Barbara County has resigned following allegations that he harassed a teacher because she was pregnant.

The Santa Maria Times reports (http://bit.ly/QE3bFW) that the resignation of Tom Cooper from the Buellton Union School District was made public Friday.

First-grade teacher Lisa Restivo says Cooper talked about putting birth control in the staff lounge and water, reacted negatively to pregnant staff and displayed sexism toward women.

The newspaper says that in a July 13 statement, Cooper apologizes for possibly showing insensitivity to a few pregnant teachers who were going to miss a large part of the school year.

He says he now realizes some may have taken offense at his comments.

The board of education in the two-school district is now seeking a new superintendent.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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