“I’m outraged. Disappointed. Just blindsided by the whole situation.” VCSC Supt. speaks out after FBI arrests


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – “I’m outraged. Disappointed. Just blindsided by the whole situation. Disgusted. I don’t know if I can use all of the right words as to just how sad I am of these allegations with these two individuals.”

Those were the words of Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Danny Tanoos the day after two people with school corporation ties were arrested by the FBI for charges stemming from a kickback scheme between themselves and a vendor.

“We have 2,000 employees – you don’t know what those employees are doing every day,” Tanoos told News 10’s Melissa Crash. “And you trust them to do what they are supposed to be doing.”

Tanoos only spoke with News 10 for a few minutes, but he had a lot to say in regards to the arrest of VCSC employee Frank Fennell and Vigo County Sherriff’s Deputy Frank Shahadey. They both appeared in federal court on Wednesday.

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“Effective today {Wednesday}, our director of human resources has terminated the employment of Franklin V. Fennell and Frank Shahadey,” said Board President Paul Lockhart after their executive session of Wednesday. “Although we’re saddened to have any employee arrested for criminal acts, and we do believe in due process, we felt it was imperative that we review the information that we have and then for the director of human resources to make his recommendation.”

The school board will hold a special meeting on Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. at the administration building. That’s where they will consider to affirm the terminations.

Supt. Tanoos stated the next step is to work with authorities as the investigation progresses and to continue doing what they do in regards to daily work.

“But the most important part is educating those kids… and I hope and pray we do that every day.”