School board suspends GF super
GREEN FOREST -- The Green Forest School Board suspended Superintendent John Calaway Monday night following a closed-door meeting during the regular monthly session.
When board members returned to an open session of the meeting, the vote to suspend Calaway was unanimous.
"I cannot comment on the details of the matter because it is a personnel decision," Secretary Jerry Carlton said. "The suspension is effective immediately and ends on Jan. 2, 2012. It was a unanimous decision."
"That was a board action, a board decision, and I really have no comment on the matter," Vice President Peggy James said.
Board President Bud Phillips and Calaway could not be reached for comment.
Calaway replaced the district's previous superintendent, Jeff Williams, in May 2010, according to Carlton. He added that the suspension is on a paid leave basis.
Board members were also updated on the construction of the middle school canopy.
The canopy is expected to arrive by Monday, James said.
The canopy will run from the back part of the middle school to the cafeteria, as well as provide protection from the weather at the school bus loading and unloading zone, she said.
"The canopy will protect the students from the weather ... weather that we've experienced over the past few days," James said.
The project, which was slated for a Dec. 16 completion date, will be finished approximately a week ahead of schedule, she said.
"Everything is going well," James said.
The board agreed to move the graduation date from Thursday, May 10, to Friday, May 11, per a request from high school principal Barry Hardin, she said.
The reason for the move is to better accommodate the seniors' exams.
"This will be better for the seniors, as they will be taking their AP exams," James said.