|Updated: 4/28/2009 10:41 pm
||Published: 4/28/2009 10:14 pm
The town of Sperry is buzzing as the school board names an interim superintendent.
Last week, the school board accepted the resignation of Rayma Harchar, Sperry's third superintendent since the beginning of last year. She resigned amid controversy surrounding high school principal Tim Weaver. FOX 23’s Douglas Clark has the latest.
The interim superintendent is Dr. Jim Sisney, formerly the superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools. The first issue on his plate is controlling the controversy surrounding the high school principal, who several students accuse of lingering in the boys locker room. Now new questions have surfaced about his past.
Sperry high school principal Tim Weaver is on paid leave while the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office investigates allegations of improprieties. We uncovered a record from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, indicating a Tim Weaver spent a month either in jail or on probation in 1981. A school district official confirms the birth date matches Sperry High School principal Tim Weaver, and the crime occurred in Pittsburg County. But it's unclear what the crime was, since the record was recently pulled from the online system. DOC officials say that may be because the record was expunged.
The allegations surrounding Weaver will be the first order of business for Sperry's incoming superintendent and the school board.
Protestors greeted people on their way to the Sperry school board meeting, holding signs denouncing the board for its handling of the controversy surrounding Weaver and the outgoing superintendent. But others support the board and principal Weaver.
FOX 23 discovered Weaver was a middle school principal in Valliant, Oklahoma. His contract was not renewed and a school board member in Valliant says Weaver was suspended with pay for the last 4 months of his contract. No charges have been filed.
As for the interim superintendent, Dr. Jim Sisney, the school board voted to terminate him last year from the Broken Arrow School District. He filed a defamation lawsuit naming school board members. That lawsuit is still pending.