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New Iowa school superintendent sorry for plagiarizing letter

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-17 12:23:46-04

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa schools superintendent is apologizing for plagiarizing parts of a welcome letter she sent to district families, acknowledging she copied several phrases word for word from a similar letter a New York superintendent authored in 2017.

Dr. Christine Trujillo, who recently started as superintendent of public schools in Gilbert, Iowa, admitted that her Aug. 10 back-to-school letter was copied from a 2017 letter by Superintendent Gerard Poole of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District in New York.

Trujillo says she had no personal connection to Poole and she was in a hurry to get the letter out while preparing for the school year.

Trujillo previously served as assistant superintendent of learning and leadership for Tempe Schools in Arizona.

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