Former Weber High administrator appeals termination

Apr 11 2012 - 11:20pm

OGDEN -- Former Weber High School Assistant Principal Jim Bell is attempting to get his job back amid a criminal investigation.

Bell, who was fired March 21, has made an appeal to be reinstated, Nate Taggart, a spokesman for the Weber School District, said Wednesday.

A hearing on Bell's appeal will be held next month. A neutral hearing officer, who will likely have a legal or educational background, will conduct the hearing. The hearing will be closed to the public, Taggart said.

The hearing officer will make a recommendation to the Weber District School Board regarding Bell's employment. However, the school board is not obligated to comply with the recommendation, Taggart said.

Bell worked for Weber School District for 14 years.

The district has turned over information involving Bell to the North Ogden Police Department, Taggart has said. Taggart declined to disclose the nature of the information or the reason for Bell's firing, because it is a personnel matter.

Attempts Wednesday to contact Bell were unsuccessful.

North Ogden police were contacted by a representative of Weber School District on March 7 and informed of an allegation involving a man and a female juvenile.

North Ogden police have declined to identify the man or the juvenile. They also declined to provide details about the allegations.

Both the girl and the man were North Ogden residents when the alleged offense occurred in Pocatello, Idaho, North Ogden Detective Paul Rhoades said.

The criminal case has since been turned over to the Pocatello Police Department.

Pocatello Police Sgt. Ian Nelson has confirmed that the case referred from the North Ogden Police Department involves an educator, but declined to identify the individual.

Capt. Jim Peterson of the Pocatello Police Department said Wednesday that no arrests have been made as a result of the ongoing investigation.

"We're still conducting interviews," he said.

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