The Sentinel received notice this afternoon (Jan. 16) that the state Department of Education has upheld the dismissal of Tracey R. Weller as Williams Valley High School principal.
The Williams Valley School Board had dismissed Weller late last summer following allegations that she placed two students in harm’s way in the midst of an investigation into threats made against the school district via Instagram.
Weller was accused of allowing the student who allegedly posted the threat on Instagram to be in her office at the same time as two other students who believed he was the poster.
Shortly afterward, a relative of the alleged poster was charged with contacting the two students and making remarks deemed as threatening.
In dismissing Weller, the district also alleged several violations of district policy and procedure.
Weller had been on unpaid suspension for several months prior to her dismissal. She appealed the school board’s decision to the Education Department. A hearing officer received testimony from both Weller and the district Nov. 20. The department’s decision was mailed Jan. 10.
More on the department’s decision will be published in the Sentinel’s Jan. 22 print edition.