Preschool's leader promises better child safety

9:12 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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DENVER - Nancy Spillane is preparing for the first day of school at Paddington Station, where one in five parents pulled their kids out of the exclusive preschool following the arrest of a longtime teacher on child-pornography charges.

Spillane, who retired after founding and running a school in Steamboat Springs, says she's encouraged by the number of Paddington parents who chose to stay. She says it's common for schools facing crises to lose as much as half of their enrollment.

Spillane has met with parents in small groups since she accepted the job of interim head of school following the retirement of former school head Ann Soloman and the resignation of Paddington founder Pippi Hambidge. Spillane has promised better supervision of students and staff along with structural changes to the school's leadership.

Former Paddington teacher Dave Moe is in federal custody awaiting trial on child-porn charges. His attorney, who has since left the defense team, had told a judge that Moe kept a strict wall between his private life, where he allegedly collected child porn, and his professional duties at Paddington.

Spillane sat down with 9Wants To Know investigator Kyle Clark Thursday morning to discuss the Moe case, changes at Paddington and the school's failure to report an allegation of abuse made against Moe a decade ago.

9NEWS will air portions of their conversation Thursday at 4 and 6 pm.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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