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Williams-Bolar clear to work at Akron Public Schools

By John Published: January 28, 2011

Barring action from the Ohio Department of Education, Kelley Williams-Bolar will keep her job as an educational assistant for special needs students at Buchtel High School, according to a district press released issued this morning.

On Jan. 18, Williams-Bolar was sentenced to 10 days in jail after a jury convicted her of two felony counts of tampering with records related to the enrollment of her two daughters in Copley-Fairlawn schools in August, 2006. She was released Wednesday after serving nine days of her sentence.

Superintendent David James told the Akron Beacon Journal last week that in general, convicted felons cannot work in the public schools, but it depends on what the state decides about her certification to work as an educational assistant.

''The basic rule is yeah, absolutely a person with a felony would not be able to work in the schools and would not be able to get a license through the Ohio Department of Education to teach or do anything else,'' James said.

Here's part of the the district's press release today:

As required by law, APS immediately reported Williams-Bolar's conviction to the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Professional Conduct.
     Ms. Williams-Bolar has been employed fulltime in good standing with Akron Public Schools since 2008, and this conviction is not an absolute bar to employment. The decision to revoke or suspend her educational assistant certificate belongs to the Ohio Department of Education.
       ''Although we understand that this is a difficult issue, Ms. Williams-Bolar served her time,'' said Superintendent David W. James. ''Barring any further action by the ODE or court system, she will be returning to work in the near future.''

     Williams-Bolar worked for the district as a substitute educational assistant from 1992 to 1994, according to the district. She returned in January 2002, again as a substitute educational assistant. She was hired full time as an educational assistant in March 2008. 
     This school year, she is making $13.55 an hour, about $28,000 a year.



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