Some folks want to believe. They need to believe. This is especially true when the issue involves their local public school. Some folks will defend any action by their school system and its employees. These folks will bend and contort all logic to make wrong right. Who are they? Let me ask a question that will divide those above from those willing to ask questions, point fingers, etc. Here we go ...
If a former employee continued to use his district cell phone for weeks after retiring (making calls to Bermuda, a party supply company, a local spa, etc.), would you consider that wrong?
A yes puts you in the latter category. However, I bet there is a significant number of residents who will say no -- of course, they will say no to any similar question. They have to say no in order to satisfy some need, a need which I cannot understand. But there it is.
note: The above situation is not hypothetical -- it's true. Compare your response to the question above to how you responded to Jim Ward and his use of a taxpayer-funded cell phone.