PARKERSBURG - The Wood County Board of Education will meet in executive session next week to consider a request to rehire an embattled Parkersburg High School gym teacher.
According to the agenda for the Tuesday meeting, board members are slated to consider the recommended approval that Jesse Young be placed on the list of probationary employees to be rehired for the 2013-2014 school year. But school officials said that is not an indication Young's fate has already been determined. Bob Harris, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the agenda item is worded as such to specifically address Young's grievance.
"It's the recommendation. It is up to the board members to approve that," Harris said..
"This should not be an indication of giving in or that he's going to rehired," Harris said. "It is just on there for action."
Harris said the item is needed so the board can make a decision.
Young, a physical education teacher, has been suspended since March 7, for an inappropriate Harlem Shake video. The video was filmed in class while students performed simulated sex acts. At a meeting last month board members were poised to extend Young's suspension. Instead, officials rescinded the proposed extension as more than a dozen speakers - primarily family members - lined up to speak in support of Young.
Board members voted to reinstate Young to the classroom, though Superintendent Pat Law, declined to state when he would return to the classroom. According to Harris, Young is expected to return to the classroom Monday.
Board president Tim Yeater said he is still receiving calls on the matter, both for and against hiring Young. As recently as last week, teachers have been fired - two in Georgia - in recent months for participating in Harlem Shake videos during class.
"I don't know all the particulars," Yeater said. "If something changed there or if if they looked at it differently."