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Questions raised about Principal hire at Central Middle

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CENTRAL- The Central School Board approved Superintendent Michael Faulk's recommendation to hire Alvin Chapman as the Principal for Central Middle School last night.  Less than 24 hours after that decision, there's controversy.

"I conducted interviews and I checked references," Faulk said.  "Based on interviews and references, I felt this was the person to lead the school."

But, News 2 has learned the hiring of Chapman was put on hold after allegations he was dismissed from his old school district for misusing money. 

"After the board meeting last night some members of the community did a google search and found things I was not aware of," Faulk said.

According to Faulk, Champman's background check came back clear, but there are changes already put in place as a result of the information the background check didn't reveal.

"Immediately, I'm instituting new steps for all administrative positions to where we do deeper background checks," Faulk said.  "We also look at past job performance, evaluations to ensure nothing is there that would prevent that person from being best in our school system." 

Faulk said he will now require the latest job evaluation to get submitted for future hires.  He also plans on making phone calls to school board members where the future hire works to make sure everything checks out.

People in Central are happy this was caught before Chapman started.

"They need to follow it thoroughly and really put the clamps on it at this point," Barbara Bye said.

"When you're handling children, you need to thoroughly investigate them," Dorothy Guillory said.

Five School Board Members approved the hiring.  The School Board could have to re-vote to rescind the hiring.  Faulk said he plans on making a decision on the hiring status within the next ten days.


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