New Principal at Charlestown High School

(source: Floyd County Jail)
(source: Floyd County Jail)

CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana principal won't be leading his school next year. The Greater Clark County School Board decided to remove Keith Hedges from Charlestown High School just four months after his run-in with the law, but Chief Operating Officer Marty Bell says that was only a "small factor" in the decision.

Over Labor Day weekend police keep a close eye on the roads. A Floyd County officer pulled over a black 2007 BMW that was swerving on HWY 11 near Budd Road last September and arrested Keith Hedges, the Principal of Charlestown High School.

"The superintendent met with Mr. Hedges and put a reprimand in the file, and basically that issue was dealt with," said Bell.

Hedges was charged with OWI, operating while intoxicated, but his job was safe until Tuesday night.

"The Board of Education voted to not renew Keith Hedges as Principal of Charlestown High School," said Bell.

Instead he'll go back to the classroom, but Bell did not give any specifics on what or where he will be teaching.

WAVE 3 obtained a copy of his notice of nonrenewal through an open records request. It list problems with leadership, lack of outreach in the community, and a failure to use technology.

Charlestown High School was part of the one-to-one initiative a few years ago where all 671 students got a MacBook, but the school board found they weren't using them enough.

"You asked the question would we have non-renewed him had he never had the DUI?" said Bell. "I believe we would have because I believe that's where it was headed based on his performance."

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