Florence City School Board Suspends Middle School Teacher

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Florence City School Superintendent has recommended a teacher accused of insubordination and neglect of duty be fired. The school board only voted to suspended her. The board took 11 hours to make the decision.

Florence City School Board Members sat in their seats Tuesday afternoon and did not leave until Wednesday morning.

“It was somebody’s livelihood and life. We were talking about somebody’s career. We did not rush. We listened. We asked questions,” said School Board President Bill Jordan.

Jordan and his peers were figuring out if Beth Weir would keep her teaching job.

Superintendent Doctor Janet Womack put the math teacher on leave in May.

“It is appropriate that we address personnel when we feel that instruction is not at a certain level,” said Dr. Womack.

Dr. Womack believed the Florence Middle School teacher was insubordinate and did not do her job.

She wanted the school board to fire Weir.

“I wouldn’t have brought a recommendation to the board if I did not feel strongly that it was an action I needed to recommend to them,” added Dr. Womack.

The board did not second the superintendent’s recommendation, so it did not need to vote on it.

“It was like a jury trial where you had one attorney presenting evidence and witnesses,” added Jordan.

The board voted 4:1 to suspend Weir until January 2, 2013. Weir is scheduled to start the new year at a new school as a 5th grade Social Studies teacher.

Weir worked as a Reading Specialist at Sheffield Junior High School from 2002 to 2004. She worked as a Math Teacher at Discovery Middle School in Madison from 1999 to 2002.

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