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Posted: Friday, September 19, 2003 10:09 am | Updated: 2:09 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board suspended a principal’s resignation and fired a teacher charged with attempted child molestation during a Thursday night board meeting.

The governing board took the acceptance of Superstition Springs Elementary School principal Suzanne Witmer off the agenda after board member Sheldon Jones said he questioned the reason she had resigned.

During a closed meeting two weeks ago, board members told Superintendent Brad Barrett to search for another position for the principal, who attracted a small crowd of supporters to the meeting.

Witmer’s position is in limbo after leaving the school Sept. 9. Retired principal Frank Blume was hired as this year’s interim principal.

"From the information I gathered, there are potentially as many as 45 issues to address," Jones said, regarding the principal’s resignation letter.

The board voted to give notice to Robert Oldfield, a Highland High School science teacher arrested on suspicion of attempted molestation of a colleague’s 7-year-old daughter three years ago on the school campus. The board said he will be terminated in 30 days, unless he requests a hearing. Oldfield has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 22.

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