Dr. Darrell Wetherington

Dr. Darrell Wetherington, principal at Cedartown High School, was named the future superintendent for Polk School District on June 14. He'll take on the role Jan. 1, 2017.

An attorney for the Polk County Board of Education is conducting an investigation into allegations of improper conduct made against Superintendent Darrell Wetherington.

The school board is represented by McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith and Monroe, which has offices in Cedartown and Rome.

No one contacted Tuesday by the Rome News- Tribune would discuss the nature of the allegations.

“I have no comment,” said Tommy Sanders, chairman of the school board. Sanders did say Wetherington has not been placed on leave.

Board members Hal Floyd and James Foster did confirm there is an investigation underway but would not comment on what the attorneys are looking into, who filed the complaint or when it was filed.

Board member Grady McCrickard said he could not make any statement on the investigation on advice from the board’s attorneys.

Wetherington and school board members Bernard Morgan, Jane Hamlett and Kristy Gober could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Foster said the board would not have anything to say until the attorneys present their findings.

“We’ll do that as quickly and as openly as we can,” he said.

Wetherington, who had been principal at Cedar­town High School, became superintendent of the system on Jan. 1. He was the lone finalist for the position after William Hunter retired at the end of 2016.


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