UTICA — North Fork schools on Wednesday withdrew the contract of Jeffrey Poulton, the recently employed assistant high school principal/athletic director.
Poulton was technically an employee of the Licking County Educational Service Center, said North Fork Superintendent Scott Hartley, and assigned to North Fork. The board withdrew the contract for the service and the county subsequently eliminated the position through a reduction in force.
Hartley said the board’s action was sparked by information coming to light about Poulton’s background and his apparent unacceptable actions as an employee of the Columbus City Schools.
Jacquelyn Bryant, director of the Office of Communications and Media Relations for Columbus Schools, told the News Puolton, who had taught high school social studies, was terminated from his position there in February “for an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher during school hours.”
Hartley said both the county board and North Fork board had been aware of the allegations against Poulton, and the public expressed concerns about those allegations.
“We as a board and I as a superintendent,” continued Hartley, “have to weigh that concern and see what’s best for the district.”
He said he discussed the situation individually with board members, then made the decision to withdraw the contract.
Hartley said the district is exploring ways to cover the assistant principal/athletic director position with people already on staff.
“It’s too late in the season to try to find somebody again,” he said.
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