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Beaver High School Principal Resigns – Admits His Suspension Had Nothing To Do With Religious Affiliations

The Beaver Area School Board accepted the resignation of district high school principal Steven Wellendorf at their public meeting held tonight. Despite accusations previously made by third parties, Wellendorf admitted that his suspension had nothing to do with his religious affiliations or any personal animus on the part of other district officials. Wellendorf was placed…

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Punktheskunk
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Punktheskunk

It’s always a resignation at Beaver both female and male employees. Never the facts. He like the others who have mysteriously resigned before him will resurface in another educational instituion to repeat the same inappropriate behavior. If a teacher resigns at Beaver, does anyone ever really know why? Well of course not..the solicitor has groomed the school district on how to evade providing details similar to the MO used by the Catholic Church. Outside of what we don’t know he was ineffectual in this role as will be the next puppet who takes his place.

JustPeachy
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JustPeachy

Well, well, well…..those who were adamant that Wellendorf’s departure had to do religion look to be wrong. Hopefully your lessons in speculation has been learned. As far as Berardelli goes, congrats on dividing your community based on your unsubstantiated claims….you and those who believed what you were selling should be ashamed of yourselves. Karma’s a bitch when it comes back around.

kklyneal
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kklyneal

Actually once all the facts are laid out, Wellendorf’s departure, as well as others (all connected to the Young Life group) appear to be EXACTLY that. If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it’s a DUCK. There is no doubt that there is bias against Christians in this school.

sallyrea
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sallyrea

Personally don’t care what Wellendorf did… however as a Beaver school District tax payer— not necessarily happy for subsidizing him for a few months of sitting at home and whatever else in payment we are giving him. That being said, interesting how he exits in good standing but still resigned and wondering where he will turn up next?
As far as Mr. Beradelli— thanks so much for dividing our community and stirring the pot. You are poison!! What a great representation of the young Republican committee you are… Not!!

BeaverNewbie
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BeaverNewbie

Yes but there is a subtle point here. He exits in good standing because he was not fired. He left as a result of resignation.

Regardless of what really happened, I think it is safe to conclude that whatever he did, it was not grounds for termination.

punktheskunk
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punktheskunk

Not necessarily. Megan Batykefer was a Latin teacher at Beaver and resigned just before the end of a school year. I am noting this specific former teacher as you can easily Google her. For those of us who knew the reasons behind her sudden dismissal (sex with a minor student), she was quickly hired on at North Allegheny as a coach. She then resumed her bad behavior at her new school which resulted in her being sentenced to 8 to 23 months for having sex with a student. FYI this is not an isolated case but one that has some verifiable details for those who are not apprised to the multiple former incidents of staff being allowed to resign without repercussions or public notification. North Allegheny never would have hired this teacher if Beaver handled it appropriately.

kklyneal
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kklyneal

Where is Megan now?

kklyneal
Guest
kklyneal

Berradelli was correct that the principal was placed on leave without due process. The superintendent does not have the authority to do this on her own, it has to be voted on by the board. So what the heck is going on here? Taxpayers have a right to know. If the elected board doesn’t represent you, or do their job, then what is their purpose?

btw, the community was divided by Rowe’s announcement over the school’s PA system, to the entire student body, to “attend a very positive pro LGBTQ rally” before the board meeting.
Luckily only about a dozen kids showed up, but they were holding signs reading “Just go to Quigley” and “No Bibles in school” etc. And a couple of kids that I parked next to stayed in their car. I asked them why they didn’t go to the “rally” and they said that they were “told to stay home” if they didn’t support Rowe or LGBTQ rights.

How’s that for dividing the community? How’s that for using kids to further an obvious agenda? HERE is the poison. A lot of parents are not happy about that either. Took a whole lot of nerve. What a despicable act, to call the local news to film everything to boot.

I’ve never seen such garbage played out in a school in my life. How very, very sad and hateful.

Justaguy
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Justaguy

I still don’t understand why neither party is allowed to speak of why he was suspended and then resigned in a plea attempt to have left in good standing. The whole personnel reasons thing can be a vague thing. I would think that in a public sector setting even tho it was not a criminal matter that anything that would cause of disciplinary/suspensions/or resignations as actions would still need to be made public. I do also understand that as educators their is a code of conduct that goes with being employed by the public schools and even tho there are not any criminal misdeeds that can cause one to be fired. But I feel that if it was a just reason to be suspended and then get the choice to resign in good standing that that cause that caused the whole thing needs brought to light so that if another school district does hire him they understand what the issue was and can ask him if he will never do that again.
Also with Regards to DR.Rowe. The majority of the people protesting did not want you fired for what you did and they did not want you fired because you are gay. Yes you did claim to have come out in the school board meeting. But it was widely known that you were gay for years and most people have been fine with it for years and still are. During that time she did an excellent job far better the other superintendents in other districts. However in the recent time with the speculation of why Wellendorf was suspended and the school board claiming “personnel issues” that they would not disclose only made things worse. If they would have mentioned the specific reason that he was disciplined then there would not have been a protest. You can not pass the buck when it comes to our children’s future at other schools. You can not make plea deals with an educator that messed up that they had to leave their job but it didn’t revoke their teaching certificate or ruin their reputation but let them apply to work in other schools were you will not disclose the reason. We all make mistakes but covering them up does not make it ok to act like nothing bad happened. We all strive for truth and justice in this world. Justice can not endure without truth. The rumor as I heard it is because he did not discipline a student saying a prayer as part of her graduation speech and thus he was suspended for not punishing her. So that is the biggest part of the protest. Whether it is true or not I do not know. Most do not know. But speculation is a powerful thing and when things are kept hush hush that is when people go wild with their imagination and start to question authority when something sounds fishy. I hope DR.Rowe does not think that people wanted her fired for her personal life style. That is not the case. In all honesty she would be welcomed into any church with open arms. True Christianity does not condemn people for their life style we love others because they are our fellow brothers and sisters. Much with our biological family members some of us do shake our heads at the stuff our siblings do. But we love them anyhow. DR.Rowe I hope you are reading this or that someone will relay it to you. But We love you just the way you are and we only want good things for you. I would like to invite you to try any Christian church of your choice and I will promise you that they will not try to change who you are but make sure that you are loved and have no doubt about it. Much like you said at the school board meeting about teen suicide because of the struggles of them being gay and afraid. No one wants teens to feel afraid of who they are. We want them to prosper and live fully enriching lives. Also any teens reading this who are suicidal just come to church and we will pray on you to make the suicidal thoughts go away and show you love just because you are a child of God just like everyone else and we don’t want to change who you are but we want you to be happy with who you are. I know it can feel awkward and you don’t want others to know your feeling suicidal. I’ve been there and it sucks but reaching out for help is the best thing you can do. Let them know you feel you want to die and we will show you that God wants you to live and prosper the way you feel is right.

findthegood
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findthegood

Did you ever think that just maybe there is something to be gained by Ms. Rowe also by respecting “his” right to privacy? It takes two to tango.

concerned bobcat
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concerned bobcat

well lets see! he resigns no one knows why? Carrie Rowe thinks coming out at a public meeting in necessary! now there is a billboard right by the school with the lgbt agenda on it. we have a AD that was known to be having relations with a girl at the school and no one cared! they have a football coach that is happy being mediocre and the volleyball coach had to resign due to cry baby participation trophy parents. My school district has become a joke and the entire county know about it. cant wait to see whats next.. a gender nuetral bathroom..

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