School & District Management

District Software Purchase Sparks High-Level Shakeup at LeapFrog

By Rhea R. Borja — January 11, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The president of a division of LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. left his job last month as the result of an internal investigation of a sales commission involving the Prince George’s County, Md., school district.

See Also

Bob Lally, the president of LeapFrog SchoolHouse and the executive vice president of LeapFrog’s Education and Training Group, resigned Dec. 14. The departure was a “mutual decision” by him and the Emeryville, Calif.-based educational software company, according to a company press release.

“Although we are disappointed and saddened by this development, we take our code of conduct very seriously and believe we have expeditiously addressed this event,” Tom Kalinske, the chief executive officer of LeapFrog Enterprises, said in a statement. “We … have taken actions to reinforce the division’s solid reputation in the education industry.”

Mr. Lally was unavailable for comment.

Superintendent Defended

In addition, LeapFrog sales representatives Sienna Owens and Debora Adam have left the company. Ms. Owens lived with Andre J. Hornsby, the superintendent of the Prince George’s County schools, when he approved a $1 million LeapFrog software and product purchase last June. Ms. Adam was a LeapFrog employee whom district officials worked with on the sale.

A LeapFrog spokeswoman would not say whether the two resigned or were fired.

The company is investigating how a $40,000 sales commission for Ms. Adam was distributed. The LeapFrog representative would not comment further on the internal review.

John White, a spokesman for the 140,000-student Prince George’s County district, defended Mr. Hornsby, and said that LeapFrog’s reading products have been successful in the district’s schools.

“How was he to know who was benefiting from the sale?” Mr. White said of the superintendent. “The investigation by LeapFrog in no way implies there’s anything amiss with Prince George’s County schools.”

The departures of Mr. Lally and the sales representatives come as LeapFrog, which makes educational software and interactive toys, is experiencing lackluster sales and higher operating expenses, resulting in a profit drop of 40 percent in the third quarter of 2004.

A version of this article appeared in the January 12, 2005 edition of Education Week as District Software Purchase SparksHigh-Level Shakeup at LeapFrog


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Data Webinar
Education Insights with Actionable Data to Create More Personalized Engagement
The world has changed during this time of pandemic learning, and there is a new challenge faced in education regarding how we effectively utilize the data now available to educators and leaders. In this session
Content provided by Microsoft
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
School & District Management Webinar
Accelerate Learning with Project-Based Learning
Earlier this year, the George Lucas Educational Foundation released four new studies highlighting how project-based learning (PBL) helps accelerate student learning—across age groups, multiple disciplines, and different socio-economic statuses. With this year’s emphasis on unfinished
Content provided by SmartLab Learning
School & District Management Live Online Discussion Principal Overload: How to Manage Anxiety, Stress, and Tough Decisions
According to recent surveys, more than 40 percent of principals are considering leaving their jobs. With the pandemic, running a school building has become even more complicated, and principals' workloads continue to grow. If we

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management How Staff Shortages Are Crushing Schools
Teachers are sacrificing their planning periods, students are arriving hours late, meals are out of whack, and patience is running thin.
11 min read
Stephanie LeBlanc, instructional strategist at Greeley Middle School in Cumberland Center, Maine.
Stephanie LeBlanc, an instructional strategist at Greely Middle School in Cumberland Center, Maine, has picked up numerous additional duties to help cover for staffing shortages at the school.
Ryan David Brown for Education Week
School & District Management With $102 Million in Grants, These Districts Plan to Train Principals With a Focus on Equity
The new grant program from the Wallace Foundation will help eight school districts work on building principals’ capacity to address equity.
11 min read
Image of puzzle pieces with one hundred dollar bill imagery
School & District Management Opinion Toxic Positivity Has No Place in Schools
Educators can’t do everything, but we can do some things, writes district leader Cherisse Campbell.
Cherisse Campbell
4 min read
A teacher sits on her desk thinking in an empty classroom.
Joy Velasco for Education Week
School & District Management The Already Dire Substitute Shortage Could Get 'Worse Before It Gets Better'
School districts are trying all sorts of tactics, including increasing pay and relaxing requirements, to get more subs in classrooms.
10 min read
Image of an empty classroom.