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Special ed director moved to different role after offensive post

Posted: 5:19 PM, Nov 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-27 07:47:42-05
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Editor's Note: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story said Mark Booth was fired. The story has since been updated to say he was moved to a new position.

NOBLESVILLE — The special education director at Noblesville schools has a new role after he shared an offensive meme on social media, the school announced on Tuesday.

Mark Booth was formally disciplined before he was removed from his position, the school said in a statement.

The meme was brought to the school's attention after parents saw it being shared.

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You can read the full statement released by the schools on Tuesday afternoon below:

Noblesville Schools announced today that Mark Booth will no longer serve as the district’s director of special education, following Booth’s recent sharing online of a “meme” offensive to special education.

The district denounced the post and formally disciplined Booth prior to communicating that he will not return to the special education director role. Booth will shift from the leadership role to one focused on analytical compliance for the district.

Booth has been Noblesville’s special education director since 2004, championing several innovative and award-winning special education practices including placement of special education students in general education classrooms, strategies to better meet state academic standards, a successful work-study program and leadership in unified athletics.

The district will begin the recruiting process for Booth’s replacement immediately and a new director will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, assistant special education director Erin Rood will serve as interim special education director.