Clear Fork school board will vote Oct. 3 on Devito’s contract

By Louise Swartzwalder - Bellville Star

BELLVILLE – The Clear Fork Valley Board of Education will vote at its Oct. 8 meeting on whether to terminate Kirsten DeVito as principal at the Bellville elementary school.

DeVito had been hired on a three-year contract. She started serving in the post last year.

The board said allegations had been made about the handling of certain duties, including the possible use of teachers’ signatures on documents.

The board said “one of the most fundamental and important duties of a Principal at Clear Fork Valley Schools” is to organize, manage and administer the staff and to do evaluations.

DeVito was placed on leave when the allegations surfaced. Stacey Swank has been serving as interim principal.

The board said “recent allegations have been made” concerning her “inappropriate conduct” on teacher evaluations, including using the teachers’ signatures without their knowledge. The board also said concerns had been investigated by superintendent Janice Wyckoff.

She was suspended by a vote of the board Sept. 20.

DeVito is permitted to file notice of an appeal with the school district treasurer, Bradd Stevens, if she wants to contest the board’s decision. The hearing would be before a referee or the board. It would have to be held within 10 days of filing the notice of appeal.

She was given the opportunity to respond to the claims on Aug. 9, 24 and Sept. 18, according to the board.

DeVito was provided with legal counsel. She was assigned to home, with pay, during the investigation.

By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star