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Suspended Fairmont principal takes medical leave

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A Fairmont Senior High School principal who was suspended for his behavior at work has requested medical leave.

During the regular meeting Monday night, the Marion County Board of Education approved FSHS Principal Tyson Furgason’s request for a medical leave of absence from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10 without pay after exhausting sick leave. Furgason, 37, has not been at the school since being asked to leave work early in January.

The BOE approved Furgason’s four-day suspension during the last regular meeting in January. On Jan. 4, Furgason left work after he and Gary Price, superintendent of Marion County Schools, discussed rumors regarding Furgason. Furgason did not return to the school the rest of that week and has not been present since he left. At the time, Price cited “work behavior” as the reason for Furgason’s absence.

Price said Furgason’s four-day suspension was for Jan. 5-8 with pay. Price said he has the authority to suspend personnel, but it must be approved or disapproved by the BOE at a meeting.

According to reports from the Fairmont Police Department, which the Times West Virginian requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the department investigated an incident regarding Furgason on Jan. 4…


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