The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

July 31, 2013

Otwell principal placed on leave

OTWELL — Rick Fears, the Principal at Otwell Elementary School, has been placed on administrative leave pending a review, the Pike County School Corporation said Wednesday.

Pike County Superintendent Suzanne Blake said in a statement that Fears is on leave "while the matter is in review."

"An interim principal will be placed in the building to ensure the school year is started properly and students' needs are met," Blake said.

The statement confirms what parents and sources have learned that Fears was removed from the school last week. There was no comment from Blake as to what led to Fears' dismissal, citing personnel matters.

The reasons as to why Fears was removed at Otwell are unclear as rumor had taken over in the past week. Blake said Monday she felt uncomfortable discussing the matter because personnel was involved. Pike County School Board member Chris Satterfield referred any questions to Blake last week via email.

Otwell Elementary is considered to be one of the best elementary schools in southwest Indiana, having been named a Four-Star school three of the past four years. According to the school's website, Otwell was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011 and in 2010, the school had 100 percent of its students pass the math portion of the ISTEP exam, the only school to do so.

Since reports surfaced about Fears at Otwell, parents and citizens called into the Times Herald about the issue. Some had positive comments and were upset, and some cited several issues surrounding their child at the school.

"I just heard (last week) he wasn't going to be principal anymore," one parent said. "I would be terribly upset if anything happened to the school."

The Pike County School Board meets Aug. 12. It is not yet known if his employment will be on the agenda. A message has been left with Fears for comment.

--- Haley Church contributed to this report.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Sports Briefs Loogootee defeats RivetThe Loogootee boys tennis team defeated Vincennes Rivet, 5-0, Tuesday night. Gabe Nolley and Landon Diamond won in straight sets at No. 1 and 2 singles and Landon Wittmer won in No. 3 singles in a forfeit. Ben Templin-Thomas Vi

    August 21, 2014

  • zoeller Legal challenges perform check and balance Recently some have questioned why the State of Indiana has brought lawsuits against our federal government. While this litigation is adversarial by nature, it is a necessary part of our constitutional process.What distinguishes the U.S. Constitution

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - WT082114 - Gambling2 - NBS Gaming revenues rush over the border as Illinois expands virtual slots INDIANAPOLIS – Beer and barbecue aren’t the only draws to Daddy-O’s Bar & Grill in the small town of Paris, Ill., 15 miles from the Indiana border. The prospect of winning pulls in customers, as well. Since the neighborhood bar installed five video g

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • New trauma rating for nearby hosptial creates confusion in Daviess County The Indiana State Trauma Care Committee, the State of Indiana Director of Homeland Security and the Indiana EMS Commission has a recognized Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes as an "In process" Level III Trauma Center. That new designation combined

    August 20, 2014

  • Wednesday's Police Report CITY REPORT Wednesday 1:14 p.m. - John Johnson, 605 S.E. 11th St., reported his van had been vandalized. 10:45 a.m. - Power outages were reported near Oakwood trailer park after a semi trailer struck a pole and took out power lines. Tuesday 5:49 p.m.

    August 20, 2014

  • Lena Dunn gearing up for Fall Fiesta Lena Dunn Elementary is gearing up for its second annual Fall Fiesta, a family event that will serve as the chief fundraiser for the school. Last year, school staff, parents and PTO members organized the carnival-style event that will again feature f

    August 20, 2014

  • Loogootee reports high ISTEP scores LOOGOOTEE — Loogootee students scored above the state average in 15 of 19 areas during the spring ISTEP tests. So reported curriculum/technology coordinator Mike Tippery to the Loogootee School Board Tuesday night. In four areas, the students test sc

    August 20, 2014

  • Horoscope HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014This year you could alternate between nurturing and critical. If people start acting a little crazy around you, it might be in direct response to the mixed vibes you’re sending. Try to get some feedback. You

    August 20, 2014

  • Road project brings county and Amish community closer A big road project through eastern Daviess County is doing more than just widening a road. "The working relationship between the county and the Amish community these days is really good," said county Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius. "In fact I'

    August 19, 2014

  • Tuesday's police report CITY REPORT Tuesday 10:52 a.m. - An employee of St. Vincent de Paul, 815 E. Main St., reported a box of bullets was found in a drop-off box. The bullets were confiscated. 12:03 a.m. - An employee of McDonald's, 1450 E. Nat'l Hwy., said two people wer

    August 19, 2014