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Foster resigns as SEF school superintendent

Misdirected text message forces departure

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VEEDERSBURG — Southeast Fountain Schools released information Thursday afternoon surrounding the sudden departure of superintendent Dan Foster.

According to the press release, Foster inadvertently sent an “explicitly suggestive text message” to two fellow administrators, who reported the incident Aug. 13.

A subsequent investigation indicated the text was intended for his wife and appears to be isolated, acting superintendent Dawn Puckett said in the release.

“No one has suggested Foster has had similar communications with anyone else in the past, and the board requested to access his personal cell phone to verify that fact,” the release read.

His resignation was approved Thursday during a special meeting in accordance with a negotiated agreement.

“Mr. Foster is personally and professionally embarrassed by his careless mistake,” the release read. “Foster has apologized to the recipients of the misdirected message as well as his family and school board.”

The release also stated district officials will not comment further on the matter and requests that the privacy and confidentiality of all individuals involved is respected.

Foster is a 1986 graduate of Fountain Central High School and was named superintendent in June 2019.

He also served as the school’s band director from 1993 to 2004 before becoming a school administrator.

Puckett will serve as interim superintendent until the board can find a replacement for Foster. She instructed language arts for 24 years before instructing technology integration at Greencastle Schools.

In 2008, Puckett was named assistant superintendent for Greencastle, a role she served until 2012 when she was named superintendent. She retired in 2016.

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