WEMS principal on paid leave

  • WEMS Principal Greg Sweet

Williston-Elko Middle School’s principal has been placed on paid administrative leave by District 29 Interim Superintendent Dr. Everette Dean. The People-Sentinel was contacted by a parent who received an alert message from the school stating WEMS Principal Greg Sweet was away from the building “for the time being”. After unsuccessfully trying to contact Williston District 29 School Board chairwoman Ferlecia Cuthbertson, the newspaper then contacted District 29 Interim Superintendent Dr. Everette Dean Jr. “There is an investigation going on regarding a matter. We are checking something out that was brought to our attention,” said Dean on Monday evening, Oct. 30. Dean did not elaborate as to the specifics of the matter under investigation because it is a personnel matter, he said. Dean said Sweet has not been fired, but is on paid administrative leave while the district investigates the matter. This is Sweet’s fifth school year as principal of the middle school. He came to Williston from Anderson in 2013. In the meantime, Stephanie Alford, the district’s human resources coordinator, is handling all of Sweet’s responsibilities. She will physically be present in the WEMS building and be available to parents, students and staff, states the message. “Ms. Alford holds South Carolina certification as a principal, and she is an experienced building administrator. Feel free to call her in the upcoming days regarding any matters related to the operations of the school or the education of middle school students,” according to the message. The message concluded by saying that Dr. Dean will “remain available to staff, parents and community members concerning the work of not only Williston-Elko Middle School but Kelly Edwards Elementary and Williston-Elko High School.”