Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 5, 2013

Complaints against Fayette teacher investigated

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE — The state Department of Education is investigating complaints against a Fayette County teacher accused of hitting two kindergarten students.

Police charged 57-year-old Kathleen Wade of Hico with two battery counts last week. She remains free on $5,000 bond.

Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro tells The Register-Herald  that the department is conducting an internal investigation. The findings will be referred to the state Committee on Professional Teaching Standards.

Cordeiro says the committee will make a recommendation on whether Wade should keep her teaching license to State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares.

The alleged incidents occurred in May.

Fayette Schools Superintendent Keith Butcher says Wade remains an employee of the school system but she’s not in the classroom.