Beaver River Fires High School Principal

Beaver River Fires High School Principal

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The Beaver River school board voted unanimously to fire its high school principal.

The board met in a special early morning session Friday to decide the fate of Principal Joshua Stamp.

Members voted 7-0 to terminate Stamp's probationary appointment as principal, a post he's held since July.

School board President Brian LaChausse wouldn't elaborate on the reasons for firing Stamp.

"That I can't say because there are different reasons, other than the allegations, that we're not privy to give out," he said.

Stamp was placed on leave in November

An investigator with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office says the department is looking into an incident from last summer involving a foster child in the care of the Stamp family.

Stamp's termination is effective January 28.

The school board said its decision was in the best interest of everyone in the school district.

"We tried to keep everybody's best interests involved," LaChausse said, "especially the school district, the kids, the teachers, and also all the community members and taxpayers."

Friends and family showed up at Friday's vote to support Stamp.

A petition in support of Stamp left at several businesses in Beaver Falls, Castorland, and Croghan collected more than 350 signatures.

"You want to look at all sides of a situation so those petitions were taken into account with a decision in terms of understanding the impact on the community," district Superintendent Todd Green said, "what the decision could actually cause."

Green said in November that the complaint does not involve any students in the district.

Before becoming principal at Beaver River, Stamp was an assistant principal at Gouverneur Central School.

Stamp hasn't returned calls and his lawyer has declined to comment.

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