State BOE President issues statement on firing of Superintendent of West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell issued the following statement Friday in relation to the firing of the Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind:

“The recent action taken by the West Virginia Board of Education to terminate the Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind was a State Board of Education decision. The State Board of Education is solely responsible for its decision. This was not a decision of the State Superintendent.

As with all personnel matters, the Board followed internal processes to arrive at its decision, which are consistent with standard operating procedures. We do not disclose details about the Board’s personnel actions and are precluded from commenting about discussions held in executive session. Any questions regarding a specific employee should be directed to that individual.

Although this personnel action involved a change of leadership at the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, it does not change the bright future of the Schools and its mission. The Board stands by its action and remains committed to acting in the best interest of the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, its students, staff and valued community supporters.

I look forward to a long and productive future relationship with the Schools, focusing on the success and achievement of its students.”
Board members unanimously voted for Dr. Martin Keller to be fired from the position in November. No reason has been given for the firing.

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