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A look back at 2012: School superintendent convicted of felonies

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By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor
CANNELTON – A man hired late in 2011 first as a fiscal consultant, then interim, then permanent superintendent for Cannelton City Schools was convicted last year of two felony and two misdemeanor charges. Relying on the writing of Roger Moon of the Bedford-based Times-Mail, the News reported Oct. 4 a Crawford County jury found Alva Sibbitt Jr. guilty of felony and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, intimidation, a Class D felony; and criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor.

Sibbitt, then superintendent for Paoli schools, was arrested Dec. 9, 2010 by an Indiana State Police trooper who stopped him for a seat-belt violation. After the trooper initially spoke to Sibbitt and was returning to his vehicle, Sibbitt backed the school-owned vehicle he was driving into the officer’s car.
Cannelton School Board member Barbara Beard told the News she was aware of but unconcerned about the charges when the board voted in December 2011 to employ Sibbitt as a fiscal consultant. She said after his conviction board members unanimously agreed it was in the schools’ “best interest” to retain him.
Crawford Circuit Court Judge K. Lynn Lopp issued an 18-month sentence, then suspended all but 30 days, which Sibbitt was to serve in in-home incarceration. In a report the News published Nov. 26, Moon wrote that Lopp reduced Sibbitt’s felony convictions to misdemeanors.