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Trego superintendent's statement on arrest of Reeder

1/3/2014

Statement from Trego Superintendent George Griffith:

On Jan. 2, 2014, Trego County USD 208 Board of Education President John Allen Reeder was arrested on drug-related charges. Mr. Reeder was elected president of the BOE in July 2013 and has been supportive of the district’s anti-drug and alcohol policies. In response to the arrest of Mr. Reeder; Trego County Superintendent, Dr. George Griffith stated, “I am a firm believer that all members of the school district should be held to the same standards related to their actions regardless if it is a student, teacher, administrator or even a school board member. Deciding what to do regarding students and staff members is clear because there are policies and rules in place to provide guidance. However, with a board member being an elected official, the district is limited in the actions it can take.”

Griffith visited with Mr. Reeder on Jan. 3, 2014, at which time Reeder and Griffith agreed  it would be in the best interest of the students if Reeder resigned his position on the board of education immediately. Reeder wanted the board and members of the community to know  he was not admitting any guilt. His concern was  the charges against him might distract the board of education from its business, which is doing what is in the best interest of the children they serve.