Wood BOE approves WHS administrator’s resignation

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday approved 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. Last week the board unanimously approved renewing the without-pay suspension for another 30 days.

The West Virginia State Police and Wood County Prosecutor’s Office have been investigating Bayles, and Wood County Schools has conducted an in-house investigation. Officials have declined to discuss the reasons for the investigations.

Tuesday’ resignation was part of a personnel list, and the date of the resignation was marked Nov. 30.

Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure last week said a police investigation has been concluded and officials are still looking at whether any charges will be filed.

The board unanimously approved the list without discussion.

The board Tuesday also received an update from Superintendent John Flint on his goals for the coming school year. The board met for nearly 45 minutes behind closed doors with Flint prior to returning to open session.

Board President Lawrence Hasbargen said the closed-door meeting was part of an ongoing process for the board to know what actions the superintendent is taking to achieve the goals, such as increasing math scores, set forth by the board. No action was taken by the board when it returned to open session.

“We just want to know we’re moving in the right direction,” Hasbargen said.

Board member Jim Asbury said much of the information discussed behind closed doors would be worth public discussion, as it shows progress being made in different areas. The discussion in executive session, he said, was partially due to the inclusion of monthly personnel evaluations.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a one-year expulsion of a student due to violation of the Safe Schools Act. No name was given due to the age of the student, and no details of the incident were made public.