School corporation receives notice of retirement from Frank Shahadey’s wife

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County School Corporation received a written notification of Paula Shahadey’s retirement Monday night.

It happened during the Vigo County School Corporation Monday night.

Paula Shahadey is the wife of former Vigo County School Resource Officer Frank Shahadey.

Paula Shahadey was a secretary at Terre Haute South High School.

She was placed on paid leave after Frank was arrested by the FBI on multiple federal charges.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, school board members talked about moving forward. Following the recent developments in the FBI investigation, members offered input on the investigation and their thoughts of how to proceed with findings going forward.

“The Bureau, FBI, is in the middle of an investigation, and we have said and made clear that we don’t want to pre-judge,” said Board Member Dave Lotter, “that’s a real danger to any democracy I think, but when we get their findings, then we act upon those. So I’m in favor of that investigation continuing and us not having our own internal. I just rely on the FBI’s expertise and their experience and as they have findings, like they did several weeks back, then we meet and make decisions appropriately based upon their findings.”

“I agree, let the FBI do their investigating,” said Board Member Tammy Pearson, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t ask questions and do our own questioning as we feel appropriate.”

Board Member Alpa Patel also revisited her suggestions for change. In a previous meeting, she brought up the proposal of the school board having two meetings per month, as well as public work sessions.

“It’s the board working with the administration and talking about certain issues, exchanging ideas, having discussions, having thoughtful exchange of ideas on certain issues,” she said.

The public work sessions, along with additional meetings, would be part of the board’s goal of transparency to the community. Board members agreed the main concern among the community was communication. With the new work sessions, board members say the public would be able to see the dialogue that’s going on between the board and administration.

“I think it’s going to be a work in progress because we’ve never done it before and we’ll have to seek guidance,” Patel said, “I just would like for us to consider doing something like that. You know we haven’t, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been on the board for 10 years and we’ve never had a work session.”

Patel also offered suggestions for work sessions, a few of them being the teacher shortage, assessments as well as existing and potential policies, including a change in policies for the purchasing of services.