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Plainwell School Board Explains Superintendent Suspension


PLAINWELL, MI (WHTC) - The Board of Education of Plainwell Community Schools last night unanimously approved a disciplinary memorandum outlining the reasons for a one-day suspension of district Superintendent Susan Wakefield. The action stems from a March incident in which an unnamed student brought a fake gun to Gilkey Elementary School. Wakefield was cited for not following proper procedure; no one was at risk as a result of the incident.

News of Wakefield's suspension broke last week, days after a mystery virus forced her to call off classes at Plainwell High School, leading to speculation that the board's action may have had something to do with how she handled that situation. However, the board said that the superintendent had already served her suspension prior to having about 20 percent of the high school's student body call in sick last Tuesday.

While things are apparently back to normal at the school, health department officials from both Allegan and Kalamazoo counties have yet to confirm whether the outbreak was caused by norovirus or not.