Board will vote on WHS official’s resignation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet Tuesday to accept the resignation of a Williamstown High School administrator who was removed in August due to a police investigation.

Assistant Principal Jeff Bayles was suspended with pay Aug. 25. That was changed to a suspension without pay beginning Oct. 4. Earlier this week the board unanimously approved renewing the without-pay suspension for another 30 days.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s 13th and Plum streets offices. Bayles’ resignation is part of a personnel list up for approval. The date of the resignation is marked this past Thursday, Nov. 30.

Wood County Schools and law enforcement officials have declined to release details on why Bayles was suspended and investigated.

Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said Friday he believed Bayles would be resigning but had not yet been informed of the resignation or the board’s upcoming vote.

The resignation “is not part of any agreement,” with the prosecutor’s office, Lefebure said. “We’ve essentially wrapped up the investigation and are reviewing it.”

Lefebure said no charges have yet been filed.

“That’s what we’re reviewing, to see if there is the possibility of charges,” he said.

The board Tuesday also will discuss goals for the coming year for Superintendent John Flint. The superintendent’s evaluation has been ongoing for months. Flint is in the third year of a three-year contract.

Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public, but those wishing to speak must submit a comment card prior to the start of the meeting.