OLD FORT - A referee has been selected to mediate during a termination hearing for a suspended administrator.
During an Old Fort Local Board of Education meeting Monday evening, members approved a resolution that states Ohio's superintendent of public instruction appointed Grant Garverick to serve as a referee for a termination hearing for Tom Weaver, principal of grades 7-12 and athletic director. Weaver was suspended without pay Feb. 27.
According to a board resolution, termination of Weaver's contract is being considered for reasons including failing to address and report inappropriate behaviors involving a staff member and students; violating student confidentiality required by law by disclosing confidential student information without parental consent; repeatedly
failing to provide appropriate supervision of personnel under his control; and repeatedly violating a state board of education code of conduct for educators.
Weaver had requested a hearing with a referee.
After the meeting, Treasurer Tim Coffman said the two sides got a list of three people recommended by Ohio Department of Education. Neither side could come to agreement about who should serve as the referee so Garverick, an attorney in Galion, was appointed.
Jude Meyers, superintendent and interim athletic director, said tentative dates for the termination hearing are April 25-27 and May 8, 11, 15 and 16.
In other business, the board:
Heard administrators' reports.
Accepted a donation.
Approved the return of an advance.
Approved agreements with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, Northwest Ohio Educational Technology and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers.
Approved volunteers and contracts.
Accepted the resignations of Diane Lopez, music accompanist, and Jerry Guth, lawn mower.
Approved non-renewal of supplemental and temporary contracts.
Heard first reading of revised and new policies.
Heard board member reports.
Spent about an hour and 45 minutes in executive session to discuss employment and compensation of personnel.
The next meeting is 5 p.m. May 14.