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LAWRENCE KEENEY, FOR THE COAL VALLEY NEWS



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At a special meeting of the Boone County Board of Education held on of November 1, 2011, the members of the Board approved an agreement that effectively brings closure to any issues concerning the employment status of Keith Phipps as the Principal/Director of the Boone Career and Technical Center.
This agreement assures that Keith Phipps will never again work in any school or other department within the Boone County School System or any other school system in West Virginia.
Phipps had been accused by the West Virginia State Police of possibly smoking meth inside the school and buying too much of the drugs used to make methampethamine. All charges against Phipps have since been dropped and no new charges have been filed.
This agreement also saves the taxpayers of Boone County the costs of continuing to prosecute the action through the administrative process and the courts and resolves any uncertainty, school officials added.
The terms of this agreement include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The acceptance of Mr. Phipps resignation from the Boone County Board of Education;
- Mr. Phipps will never again seek employment in any capacity with the Boone County Board of Education; and
- Mr. Phipps will never seek employment in any capacity with any school system in West Virginia.
A statement from the Boone County Board of Educations said, "The Boone County Board of Education retains the right to attempt to recover expenses incurred as part of the remediation process at the career center. Once the full scope of the costs is determined and our insurance company(ies) advise us whether they will cover any of the costs, we will consider what alternatives, if any, we have for recovering any or all of the costs from other parties.
This allows the school system to move forward and focus on our goal which is to provide the students of Boone County with a high quality education that each so richly deserves."
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