Buckeye Central board president to remain in office

NEW WASHINGTON Buckeye Central Local School District Board President Susan Shealy is to remain in her position after a case against her was dismissed July 11 in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.

More than 300 petitioners had requested Shealy’sdismissal because she allegedly violated Ohio’s open meetings laws.

Shealy and her attorney, Sandra McIntosh, filed the dismissal June 7. According to court documents, the petitioners had until June 26 to file their briefs, written responses, affidavits or any other supporting documents. The petitioners did not respond nor did they file a request for an extension.

The court documents state the dismissal was due to the charges in the complaint not matching the allegations on the signed petitions and the complaint had not been signed.

Court documents state there were not enough petitioners to meet state requirements to remove a public official.

What Judge Wiseman said was procedural errors were the foundation for dismissal, said Beth Diesch, who filed the petitions for Shealy’s removal. He did not say the complaints were frivolous or unfounded.

McIntosh released a statement stating, “Susan is very pleased that the court dismissed the removal action against her. However, she is also saddened that misconceptions about how the board of education operates led to this action in the first place.”