Board fires Cleburne County High School teacher
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
Nov 14, 2013 | 7684 views |  0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HEFLIN — The Cleburne County Board of Education fired Cleburne County High School teacher Bronson Ward at a called meeting Thursday evening.

Ward, 33, had been arrested on Sept. 27 on charges that he had sex with a student who was under the age of 19. Four of the charges were related to incidents alleged to have happened in Calhoun County where Ward lives and one of the charges was related to incidents alleged in Cleburne County. The warrants list two victims.

Ward has been in Cleburne County Jail since his arrest. His trial has not yet been scheduled.

The board went into executive session for just a few minutes and returned to open session just long enough to vote to end Ward’s employment.

After the meeting, Superintendent Claire Dryden said all of Ward’s classes are being covered.

“But not by one person,” Dryden said.

“We’ve had to adjust people and their certificates to make sure they are highly qualified in the areas that need to be covered in the schedule.”

In other business the board:

— Hired Mahala McAlpin as instructional aide at Cleburne County High School.

— Approved buying the former Cleburne County Emergency Management Agency building at 141 Davenport Drive for $10. The board had agreed in July to purchase the building for $1, but Dryden said when the purchase contract from the county arrived it specified a purchase price of $10. The building will serve as the board’s new offices.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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