Two Boone Co. School employees sue BOE


By Heather Kinder - [email protected]



MADISON – Two Boone County School employees are filing suit alleging paycheck deductions were not taken out for requested items which include supplemental retirement and insurance coverage.

According to case documents, the defendants named in the suit are the Boone County Board of Education, the current superintendent Jeffrey W. Huffman, former superintendent John Hudson and the director/coordinator of support services Stephen Green.

The plaintiffs in this suit are listed as Jerriann M. Cochran and Cheryl D. Judy both of whom are employed by the Boone County School system.

Cochran and Judy are requesting the suit be a class action lawsuit. This would allow other individuals in similar situations to join the suit.

Cochran alleges she directed the defendants to deposit money from her paycheck into the State of West Virginia Retirement Plus Deferred Compensation Plan. According to the plaintiff, the monies were not deposited in this account between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Judy alleges she directed defendants to withhold money to pay her premiums for her Washington National insurance policy. In court documents, Judy alleges that the money was not paid on the policy from December 1, 2016 to date.

The case document states, “January 2017 Defendants made a “lump sum” payment in an attempt to conceal the fact that payments were not made during the first ten months of 2016.”

However, the lump sum did not match the amount the plaintiffs should have received during the 2016 calendar year.

Dividends were not included in the lump sum amount Cochran and others would have earned during this time period in her retirement account.

The payments that were not made toward Judy’s insurance policy for her premiums could cause her policy and possibly others in this same situation to be cancelled leaving them without coverage after March 18.

According to the case documents, “This class action seeks damages, punitive damages, declaratory judgements, injunctive relief, extraordinary relief, costs, attorney’s fees and other relief as a result of Defendant’s’ conduct described herein.”

By Heather Kinder

[email protected]

Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.

Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.

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