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Shelton school board to meet on redistricting, budget, not criminal investigation

April 3, 2019

SHELTON — While Shelton High Headmaster Beth Smith remains on paid administrative leave, the city’s Board of Education has a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday — but an ongoing police investigation of the school is not on the agenda.

The meeting items up for discussion are redistricting and the schools’ budget. According to the district’s central office, there is to be no public comment at the meeting, which is scheduled to run from 5 to 6 p.m. at the board’s offices at 382 Long Hill Ave.

So far, there have been few answers about what happened involving two students last week at Shelton High School that prompted Smith’s suspension. A notice posted on the Shelton Public Schools website includes: “SHS Principal, Dr. Beth Smith, will be out on administrative leave until further notice. This is a personnel matter.”

The matter is also the subject of a criminal investigation by Shelton police and the state’s attorney’s office, according to city and law-enforcement officials. While that inquiry involves more than one member of the high school’s staff, Smith is the only person whose suspension has been confirmed.

Shelton Police Chief Shawn Sequeira said this week that his department is looking into whether school personnel have followed procedures in the Connecticut General Statutes related to the handling of potentially criminal situations.

Sequeira would not comment on what specifically led to the investigation, saying only that the department was called to the high school on an incident involving students.