Stacy to receive hearing

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

CAMDEN — This summer, Preble Shawnee vocational educator Greg Stacy will receive a hearing before a referee in regard to the PS Board of Education’s recent decision to “consider the termination of his employment contract for just cause.”

During a Thursday, May 19, regular meeting, Shawnee board members accepted a resolution which noted, “Gregory Stacy has demanded that such termination hearing be conducted before a referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education.” The resolution was needed because Ohio Revised Code requires such an appointment be entered into the meeting minutes of the school’s board of education.

According to school officials, the Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction has appointed attorney Robert Harrelson of Troy to serve as the referee in the termination hearing.

The hearing will take place at the PSBOE office in Camden July 12-15.

During a board meeting in April, the Preble Shawnee Board of Education voted unanimously to non-renew Stacy’s contract at the end of the school year.

The board cited grounds for termination ranging from violating policy regarding sexual harassment of a student, to “boundary violations,” texting female students regarding non-educational matters, and more.

Counsel for Stacy, Eaton Attorney Brian Muenchenbach, spoke on Stacy’s behalf during the meeting on April 21, as did several other community members.

Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson’s office and Prosecuting Attorney Martin Votel’s office found no basis for criminal charges during their investigation.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-456-4055 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-456-4055 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.