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Investigation At HHS Involves Finances

By Staff | Nov 20, 2013

Wetzel County Superintendent Dennis J. Albright was able to confirm Monday afternoon through a telephone interview with the Wetzel Chronicle that a situation involving money is currently being investigated at Hundred High School.

Albright was unable to give many details about the situation, but stated it could possibly be addressed in a future agenda item at a board meeting.

Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught said he could only confirm that the matter is being investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

Monday night’s board meeting agenda included an addendum that included an employee personnel hearing. This hearing included the superintendent’s recommendation of a service employee’s suspension with and without pay and termination of employment contract as an employee of the Wetzel County Board of Education. A possible executive session was then placed on the agenda’s addendum, as well as the ratification of the superintendent’s recommendation, which include approval of the suspension with pay Oct. 25-30 and suspension without pay of the employee beginning Oct. 31. The board was also to vote on the termination of the employment of the contract of the employee.

However, at Monday night’s meeting, the board decided to strike the employee/personnel hearing, strike the presentation of the charges, and leave only one of the items under ratification of the superintendent’s recommendation, which was suspension with pay of the employee Oct. 25-30 and suspension without pay of the employee beginning Oct. 31.

The board did go into executive session at the end of their meeting for discussion of personnel matters. However, no action was taken.

Also on the addendum to the agenda were the following recommendations by the superintendent, which were approved unanimously:

Resignation of Franklin S. Hixenbaugh from position as Secretary II/Computer Operator at Hundred High School, effective immediately.

Resignation of Terry D. Metz from position as eighth grade Girls’ Basketball Coach at Long Drain School, effectively immediately.

Resignation of Jason P. Salva from contracted services position as LINKS Coordinator at Paden City High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

They also approved a request from Stacie Starkey and Mayor Roy Justice for the Town of Pine Grove to use the kitchen and commons at Valley High School for their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 28.

The next board meeting will be held Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the board office located on Foundry Street in New Martinsville.