The Calhoun Board of Education has settled a WV Public Employees Grievance Board order to reinstate Frank Tetrick (left) as the system's Director of Supportive Services.

Tetrick was fired last year,following a secret recording he made during a conversation with the superintendent.

The WV Public Employees Grievance Board ruled that Tetrick's termination was not justified and that he be reinstated, providing him with lost wages, with interest, and restoring all other employment benefits.

The school board reached an agreement, with Tetrick submitting his resignation effective January 31, 2011, with the school system giving him back pay from the date of his suspension, essentially honoring the terms of his contract.

The agreement also called for the payment of his legal fees, according to superintendent Roger Propst, indicating all parties have agreed to the settlement.

Propst said, "The settlement was his net salary plus the employer share of benefits. The settlement payment was from funds earmarked for his salary."

"This agreement is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of the Calhoun County Board of Education, by whom liability is expressly denied. It intends merely to avoid litigation or appeal and the costs ...," Propst said.

The board's decision reads:

"I recommend that the Board of Education approve in all respects the written agreement that was signed on January 25, 2011, by Mr. Tetrick and on January 27, 2011, by the Superintendent of Schools, entitled "Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims," regarding the matter of Frank Tetrick versus Calhoun County Board of Education, West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board Docket Number 2010-1359-CalED, and related issues, and that as provided by that agreement, the Board accept the resignation of Mr. Tetrick as an employee of the Calhoun County Board of Education, effective January 31, 2011."

Longtime school system employee Donnie Pitts returned to fill his previous position, from which he had retired.

"The issue has been put to rest," concluded Propst.


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