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UPDATE: U.S. District Court Denies Monongalia County Commissioner's Injunction

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U.S. District Court has denied Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom's injunction.

Bloom asked the court to grant him flex time to allow him to serve as a commissioner and counselor at Morgantown High.

He filed for retirement from Monongalia County Schools October 30.

Bloom said he likely won't file an appeal but focus on a second lawsuit he filed in April against the school Board and superintendent Frank Devono.


Original story:

Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom's jousting with the Monongalia County Board of Education over attending County Commission meetings will end with his retirement from Morgantown High.

Bloom made that announcement during the Monongalia County Commission meeting Wednesday, stating that: "Contingent on whether the Federal Court provides my request for relief with my injunction and in order to meet all of the obligations as a County Commissioner, I most reluctantly will retire from my counseling position at Morgantown High on Wednesday, October 30 at 11 a.m."

Bloom has been a counselor in Monongalia County for more than 36 years.

In April he sued his employer, the Monongalia County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Frank Devono, alleging that they interfered with his candidacy for commission and his ability to attend meetings. Bloom also filed an injunction asking to be allowed to attend County Commission meetings.

Bloom said Wednesday that 10 teachers in West Virginia left school to serve public office, and said he too had a verbal commitment that would have allowed him to attend meetings, but said instead he wound up with an ultimatum.

"First they told me I would be able to have time off without pay, then a half-day time-off without pay, then they decided I couldn't do that at all, then they decided I couldn't work during lunch and leave early. So really it put me in a corner and I couldn't make a decision except to choose between the two," he said.

"They (students) will get another counselor, and there's no doubt about that, but there is no one who has more compassion, or who is more passionate about the students than I am," said Bloom.

Nobody at the Monongalia County Board of Education could be reached in time for comment.