Suspended Principal Sues Clear Fork Schools

Suspended Principal Sues Clear Fork Schools

  • 9/20/2019 5:29:19 PM
  • Seth Byrd
  • Local News

BELLVILLE, OH- Suspended Bellville Elementary School Principal, Kirsten DeVito, is suing the Clear Fork Board of Education and the district's superintendent, Janice Wyckoff, for alleging defamation, defamation by innuendo, slander and libel actions. 

The lawsuit was filed Thursday with the Richland County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts. 

DeVito was placed on unpaid  leave by the Clear Fork Board of Education on September 19, 2018 at a special board meeting, after the board initiated termination proceedings. 

The board passed a resolution, based on the Superintendent's recommendation, to terminate the three year contract with DeVito. 

According to the Superintendent's recommendation in the board minutes,"recent allegations have been made concerning DeVito's inappropriate conduct as it relates to teacher evaluations, including utilizing teachers' signatures without their knowledge and approval." 

Also in the recommendation, questionable evaluation forms resulted in a personnel file investigation, which resulted in discovering numerous issues associated with the evaluation of Bellville teachers that were prepared by DeVito. 

According to the resolution, DeVito was given a copy of the "Full Specifications of the Grounds for Consideration of Terminating the Contract of Kirsten DeVito." The resolution also said that DeVito had ample opportunity to respond to the charges on Aug. 9, Aug. 24 and Sept. 18. 

The board was to proceed with termination proceedings at an Oct. 8 meeting but that meeting never took place. 

According to the lawsuit, DeVito is seeking $25,000 or more for damages to her personal, professional and occupational reputation. The lawsuit also calls the resolution that was passed,"as untrue and done with malice or oppression with a disregard for her reputation and rights." 

 

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