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Martinsville Schools Evaluating Staff Conduct Policies

The Martinsville School Board is investigating whether inappropriate conduct between the school's basketball coach and a student was an isolated event.

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The Martinsville School Board is investigating rumors that surfaced after the high school’s basketball coach was charged with public indecency. The school board says it will not release details of the situation.

The Martinsville School Board has hired an Indianapolis attorney to conduct an investigation into teacher and faculty conduct.  Susan Traynor Chastain with Bose, McKinney & Evans law firm says when the boys basketball coach Timothy Wolf was found having inappropriate contact with a student, members in the community cautioned that the incident may not have been isolated.

“The board is very concerned about that and they’ve asked me to come in and investigate not only that particular individual but also to investigate system wide to make sure that this is an isolated incident and that if we find anything else that we are going to take corrective action as quickly as possible,” Traynor Chastain says. 

Traynor Chastain is still working on the investigation and says she plans to present the findings to the school board at one of its upcoming meetings. Until then, board president Kenny Costin says he and other board members are reviewing the district’s conduct policies to see whether they need to be changed.

“If ours aren’t up to snuff, then let’s look out around the state and if there’s a boilerplate out there that we can use, then let’s use it, let’s change ours,” Costin says. “If there is not one, then let’s create one so that everybody else will say Martinsville went through this, they corrected some things. Let’s get their policies, and let’s adopt them for our school.” 

Costin says the school board realizes the gravity of the incident involving the basketball coach and wants to do all it can to avoid similar situations in the future.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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