The Harrison County Board of Education has voted to grant Liberty High School assistant principal Lee Livengood a “continuing contract.”
Late last year, Livengood was suspended after being accused of bullying a transgender student inside a boy’s bathroom.
The board later voted to not renew his contract following this school year.
But superintendent Mark Manchin says after looking into state code and consulting its legal counsel, he recommended the board reverse its decision.
“So we just feel like it’s probably the best to move forward, try to put this behind us,” Manchin said. “We’ll learn from this and we can get back to doing what we do and that’s teaching our children and hopefully, a good quality education at Liberty High School and every school here in this county. So we just felt like this was in the best interest of all involved to move ahead.”
Manchin commended the board for their hard work in coming to an agreement on what he says was a very difficult decision to make.
A representative of the ACLU spoke to the board before the decision was made and promised the organization would continue to monitor the school system to ensure all students are protected.