By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
An Estill County School Board employee was suspended last week after she was arrested and charged with a felony.
Tiffani L. Jones, 38, a secretary/lunchroom clerk at Estill Middle School, was charged with two counts of second degree unlawful transaction with a minor. The warrant obtained by Estill School Resource Officer James Gross stated that on or about Dec. 4, Jones induced, assisted or caused a minor to engage illegally in controlled substance activity involving marijuana and alcohol. This is a Class D felony.
Jones was lodged in the Estill County Jail and released when Freddie Cornett paid a cash bond of $2,500. A condition of her bond is that she not be on school property.
She pleaded not guilty in Estill District Court on Dec. 9. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2010.
Estill Schools Superintendent Bert Hensley said that the school system has certain protocol to follow that is dictated by their personnel policy. He said Jones has been suspended pending the conclusion of the school board’s investigation.
“The standard procedure for any employee is that we have 10 days to do something and after our investigation is finished the employee is entitled to a hearing,” he said.
Some of the reasons a classified employee may be terminated are neglect of duty, unsatisfactory evaluation, absences, falsifying information or conduct unbecoming a school board employee.