Hancock County residents demand transparency from Board of Education

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Inappropriate comments, sexual harassment, homophobic slurs and wrongful termination: these are alleged actions that Hancock County residents levied against Superintendent Timothy Woodward at the board of education’s meeting Monday night. 

While addressing those in attendance, the Superintendent said that he is disheartened by the fact that people have become so mean towards each other.

Woodward, who has been the county’s Superintendent since May of 2017, was supposed to be offered a new contract at tonight’s board meeting. However, multiple concerned citizens came forward and suggested that there be some sort of investigation into these allegations before a contract extension is offered.

“If he is not guilty of any of those allegations, he should be exonerated. He should be publicly exonerated,” said former Weirton mayor, Ed Bowman. “But conversely, if they’re true, and that’s true that there were 15 of those charges that were determined invalid, I’d like to know what they are because there were some very serious accusations in that. Any citizen should be concerned about that.”

While Woodward had his critics, he also had defenders. One Hancock County teacher praised his efforts in an initiative that gives students with learning and behavioral disorders a smaller and more supportive environment. 

“We just want to thank Mr. Woodward in supporting this very important, collaborative effort,” said one teacher.

Monday night’s meeting lasted three and half hours and featured two separate executive sessions.

The second executive session was about extending Superintendent Woodward’s contract, in which the board considered but decided not to take action. The board will complete the superintendent’s evaluation prior to a March 1 deadline.

7News will continue to follow this situation in Hancock County, along with education issues across all of our counties on-air and on our website, WTRF.com. 

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