Liberty High School Assistant Principal Lee Livengood is requesting that the Harrison County Board of Education reconsider its decision to not renew his contract.
Livengood became involved in a controversy related to a transgender student using the boys’ bathroom at the school. Liberty High School officials said Livengood was not terminated, but his probationary contract was not renewed. The school board did not elaborate on why it was not renewed.
Livengood’s attorney, Alex Shook, sent a letter to the school board asking for it to “remedy this situation.“ In the letter, Shook stated, “this decision was based upon the controversy involving the incident with the transgender student.“
Shook’s letter goes on to say, “First, there were at least three faculty witnesses that saw and heard some or all of the incident. One was standing right outside the bathroom door, and heard the entire conversation start to finish.“
In speaking to 12 News, Shook said the three teachers, all female, who witnessed the incident, deny that Livengood was bullying the student. Shook said the teachers saw a girl go into the boys’ bathroom, which is against school policy, and they asked Livengood to address the matter. Shook also stated that he has requested hallway surveillance video of the incident, but he has not received it.
The letter states, “Mr. Livengood was not informed that the student in question had privately made an arrangement with the Principal to be permitted to use the boys’ restrooms. Two of the three faculty witnesses also were not aware that the student had this arrangement with the Principal. This entire incident could have been avoided had the Principal informed Mr. Livengood that the student had an arrangement to use the boys’ restrooms.“
Shook told 12 News they are trying to reach an amicable resolution with the school board and are asking the board to reconsider its decision to not renew his contract.
12 News has reached out to Harrison County Superintendent Mark Manchin for comment on the letter.