Monongalia County residents spoke out at Tuesday night's school board meeting to support County Commissioner Tom Bloom's request for leave to attend commission meetings.
Concerned parents presented the board with a petition with over 660 signatures in support of Bloom, who works as a counselor at Morgantown High School. He has sued the board to allow him to leave school early to attend the commission's Wednesday afternoon meetings.
US Magistrate Judge Kaull recommended earlier this month that Bloom's request for preliminary injunctive relief be denied. That relief would have allowed Bloom to be released from his job to attend commission meetings.
"Basically we don't have the mechanism or anything that would allow us to be able to release him through the day to be able to go to another job, so to speak, or to take compensated leave for it," said Monongalia County Schools Superintendent Frank Devono.
"I feel like they should allow him to take the time off or to flux his hours. I mean, I work and there's lots of times that I might take some time off but I come back and stay late or I work on the weekends so I take a day off. I don't think it's unreasonable," said Susan Crayne, who is a parent of a Morgantown High School student.
Judge Irene Keeley will rule on Kaull's recommendation and the case at a later date, but there is no word on when exactly that will be.
Oct 23, 2013 at 6:36 AMLOL. This guy is a counselor? Seriously? He sees nothing wrong with having a "commitment" to one employer and 'leaving' early on a regular basis to go to another job? How utterly stupid is this person anyway??? Hopefully the Judge explains "employment commitment" standards to him. What stupidity! Pick 'one' job you like. It's obvious you cannot fulfill your job duties effectively by selfishly keeping both. Not a good example for the children.....(and obviously not for their parents either).