Chickasha Schools employees suspended pending mysterious investigation

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CHICKASHA, Okla. - Four members of the Chickasha School System were told to take an early Christmas break, suspended for ten days while an independent investigation is underway. But, why they're under investigation is a mystery.

The employees were suspended Wednesday, the day after school board member Amos Franco handed in his resignation.

News 4 tried to speak to the superintendent, listed as David Cash on the school system's website.

All calls from the media were directed to Richard O'Carroll, the attorney representing the school district. O'Carroll said Cash has been on voluntary paid leave for about a month and a half.

He wouldn't reveal much about the suspensions.

"Chickasha Public Schools had cause to believe and had some complaints from patrons that there may have been improprieties," O'Carroll said.

He said an independent investigation would be led by interim superintendent Cindy Schmidt and other members of the administration.

Those under investigation are administrators Director of Special Services Pam Huggins, Director of Transportation and former Asst. Superintendent Pete Bush, administrative assistant Stacy Crutchfield, and Athletic Director Yohance Brown.

News 4 obtained these names with the help of KOOL 105 news director George Plummer.

They were confirmed in a letter written by the attorney retained by those suspended to Schmidt.

District Employees Suspension Letter

The letter states that "none of the suspended employees know the reason supporting the district's action."

It calls into question how an investigation conducted by the school district or anyone acting on its behalf can be considered independent.

The letter also suggests the suspension is retaliation against the four employees, possibly in response to "vocal protest and expression of concern related to the Student Personalized Learning Center," a teaching program implemented in the school system last year under the guidance of Superintendent Cash.

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