by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor
An administrator in the Smithville School District, who formerly worked in Park Hill School District, stepped down Thursday after admittedly engaging in 12 acts of misconduct over a six- year period.
Smithville High School Principal Dr. Rudy Papenfuhs tendered his resignation three weeks after school officials issued a lengthy statement of charges accusing him of persistently violating school policies.
Papenfuhs worked in the district for six years. A number of parents and their children stood beside him and rallied a high level of camaraderie in support of Dr. Papenfuhs, who resigned Thursday, lessening the emotionally charged and highly publicized termination process. For more on story.