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Disciplinary board dismisses complaint against principal

'No further action' ordered by state agency in DUII case

The Oregon Teachers and Standards Practices Commission has dismissed an investigation into the conduct of a Forest Grove School District principal.

Commission members May 13 decided to close the books on a professional standards case filed in January by Forest Grove Superintendent Yvonne Curtis in the matter of Cornelius Elementary School Principal Perla Rodriguez, 39, who was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants in 2005 and 2010.

Commissioners were charged with looking into whether Rodriguez had violated professional standards set by the state.

Rodriguez, of Forest Grove, has been principal of the 390-student school since 2003. She has been lauded as a champion for the Hispanic community as leader of the largely Latino student body.

Cristina Edgar, investigative assistant for the TSPC, said details of the case would remain confidential.

Assistant Superintendent Dave Willard confirmed the district received a letter from the commission last week informing officials the case had been dismissed.

He had no comment about the decision. 'We're still processing what it means,' he said.