School Board to hold special, public meeting to discuss investigation

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Indian River County School Board will meet today to discuss the investigation into allegations against Superintendent Dr. Harry La Cava.

The 1 p.m. meeting, though open to the public, will not be televised on the school district’s television channel, according to school district officials. It will be held in the School Board’s boardroom, 1990 25th St., Vero Beach.

La Cava was cleared of any wrongdoing after a three-week investigation into claims that he retaliated against an administrator.

That administrator, former Human Resources Executive Director Kevin Browning, went to School Board Chair Karen Disney-Brombach claiming that La Cava had reassigned him.

Disney-Brombach asked that the allegations be investigated. At the time, she said that members of the board could not discuss the allegations, citing policies that protect “whistleblowers” and those being investigated.

“All we have now is rumor and gossip,” Disney-Brombach said at the start of the investigation.

Browning alleged that he was moved to Principal at Pelican Island Elementary after raising questions of the possibility of La Cava sexually harassing a female employee.

School Board Attorney Usher “Larry” Brown released a 9-page investigative report earlier this month, finding Dr. La Cava did not retaliate against Browning for investigating possible sexual harassment against the school chief.

Brown came to his conclusion based on interviews with Browning, La Cava, the woman Browning alleges was harassed by La Cava, and other witnesses, according to the report.

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