“Our Community is in Crisis,” The Vigo County School Board speaks out during Friday afternoon meeting


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County School Board addressed the employment of two suspects in an FBI investigation.

Those suspects are Frank Shahadey and Franklin Fennell.

Both men are accused of theft and bribery, with Shahadey accused of making death threats.

School official held an emergency meeting at 5:00 Friday afternoon.

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Around 30 community members attended the meeting.

That’s in addition to the Vigo Count School Board.

The school board voted unanimously to terminate Frank Fennell and Frank Shahadey.

The school board also voted unanimously to put Paula Shahadey, Frank Shahadey’s wife, on administrative leave. She is a secretary at Terre Haute South.

School board member Alpa Patel gave a statement saying our community is in crisis.

“It’s shocking, it really is. Also, not only the criminal…the alleged criminal activity regarding stolen money but also the alleged threat to an individual’s life…I haven’t been able to sleep since Wednesday,” Patel said.

She went on to request an on of all purchase orders involving Fennell, requesting more board meetings and public work sessions.

She asks for the community’s patience and asked the community to become stakeholders in what they do.


This is a developing story. We continue to update you with the latest information on the meeting right here.