Quincy High School Principal and Superintendent placed on leave
QUINCY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two high-ranking Quincy School administrators have been placed on leave by the school board, who is investigating how they handled allegations of sexual criminal conduct involving an underage student and a now former high school teacher.
The Quincy school board voted to place Superintendent Craig Artist and Quincy Principal David Spalding on paid administrative leave at a special 8 a.m. meeting while an internal investigation is conducted. The move comes as the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office recently launched their own investigation for possible negligence.
Jason Ferrell, a 43-year-old former Quincy teacher, resigned from his position in January and he is facing a possible life sentence after he was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old female student in 2016.
The father of the 15-year-old said during the school board meeting, "To sit there and be silent and let the girl get victimized over and over again.”
Some parents, teachers, and students have accused Quincy school leaders of ignoring warnings about Ferrell's behavior while the conduct was going on but the school system's attorney Robert Hubert said he didn't think any administration member would not act if they knew something was wrong.
Huber said, “What did the administration know? And when did they know it? We expect to work very closely with law enforcement and arrive at the truth.”
Calhoun County prosecutors charged Ferrell on Friday with three more counts of CSC, which involve alleged activity that took place in Calhoun County.
The Quincy school board unanimously voted on Saturday to place Artist and Spaulding on paid administrative leave pending the findings of an internal investigation, which are being conducted by the school system's attorney. Huber anticipates the investigation will take a couple of weeks to complete.