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Parents, former students lodge concern about teacher

During an at-times contentious public comment period Tuesday night, parents and former students came forward to express their concern about a faculty member at Mathews County Public Schools, including allegations about that teacher’s conduct with students and questions as to why that person has not faced disciplinary action.

Several times during the discussion, school board members pointed out that they are not at liberty to discuss the specifics of an individual personnel matter, and the board meeting was not the proper venue to air such grievances.

“It’s not that we don’t want to hear you,” school board chairman Desmond Smith said during the meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center, “but this is not the forum.”

Charlene Beattie of Dutton read from a letter sent to her from a former student now living in New York about her brother when he was a student at Thomas Hunter Middle School. In the letter, the writer said that her brother is a “quirky, smart” ...

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