Hazard High School principal and school superintendent did not tell officials about ongoing lawsuit

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Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 3:48 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard Mayor and Hazard High School principal, Donald “Happy” Mobelini, renewed his teaching license in 2020, but did not tell state officials he was involved in a lawsuit, according to documents WYMT got from the Kentucky Department of Education.

By not sharing this information, Mobelini may have violated state law.

This information comes after Hazard high School gained national attention because of a homecoming event last week.

As more attention was given to the story, more information about Mobelini’s ongoing lawsuit came to light.

He is named in a suit, alongside other teachers, that claims they improperly chaperoned a school trip, which led to a student being sexually assaulted.

Kentucky teachers are asked about allegations of misconduct when renewing teaching certifications. Mobelini renewed his license in 2020, while the lawsuit was active.

In the documents given to WYMT, Mobelini signed a section saying there was no “action now pending against [him] for alleged misconduct in any school district, court, or before any educator licensing agency.”

He also signed a section of his application that said false or inaccurate information can lead to a certification being revoked.

The Educator Professional Standards Board is currently investigating the situation.

WYMT reached out to Mobelini and he said he would not like to comment at this time. Combs also said she would not like to comment on the investigation.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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