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5 NEWS UPDATE: Mon County Commissioner Suing BOE
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 13, 2013 @ 8:15PM
Created on September 13, 2013 @ 6:43PM


UPDATE (09/13/2013):

Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom will have to wait at least another week for a ruling in his ongoing lawsuit against the Monongalia County Board of Education.

He said he's suing the board because they've denied his request for unpaid leave, which he believes he's entitled to under school policy. Thursday's hearing lasted nearly 10 hours and both sides had a chance to state their case.

Bloom argued that others have been allowed to take time off under similar circumstances and that he's not being treated fairly. He also said he wishes both sides could've come to an agreement without going to court.

"We've exhausted all different avenues. I've tried to meet with the board, but they've refused to meet. We've tried federal mediation and they refused mediation," said Bloom.

5 News reached out the BOE, but officials said they didn't want to comment on the matter because of the ongoing legal proceedings.

A magistrate will weigh the evidence and make a recommendation to U.S. District Judge Irene Keely. She's expected to hand down a ruling at some point next week.


ORIGINAL (09/12/2013):

A Monongalia County Commissioner was in court all day on Thursday because he's suing his employer.

Tom Bloom is a counselor at Morgantown High School. He's asking the Monongalia County Board of Education for unpaid time off every Wednesday for the next four years so he can attend commission meetings.

The hearing began at 9:30 a.m. in Clarksburg Federal Court and there's no word on whether or not the judge has made a ruling.

Stay with 5 News for the latest. 


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