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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School Board’s Policy Committee is scheduled to continue discussions on a new fraternization policy this afternoon.

The board won’t admit it, but an ONLY ON 3 INVESTIGATION uncovered that Superintendent Tim Markley has been having a relationship with his former administrative assistant; an internal relationship that the current policy doesn’t address. The board will only say that it is attempting to change the policy to better match state policy.

In investigating Markley’s relationship with Stephanie Baltezegar, which has been confirmed by sources close to the situation, we also uncovered that the district gave her a $500 per month increase while still serving as Markley’s secretary. The raise was based on what the district calls an “Outside Experience Credit,” which we’re told by School Board Chair Don Hayes helps them stay competitive when hiring teachers with professional experience outside of education. Baltezegar, though, has been employed with the district since 1992, which means her outside credit came from something she did almost 20 years ago. The board won’t confirm what that “experience” is.

That increase also brought Baltezegar’s annual salary to more than $75,000 while she was Markley’s secretary. That’s thousands more than most teachers in the district make and on par with many of the middle school principal salaries. Baltezegar was eventually transferred to the Finance Department, but we learned she recently was transferred on to the Human Resources Department.

The Policy Committee meeting starts at 4 p.m and will be in the New Hanover County Board of Education Center at 1805 S. 13th Street. That will be followed by a regular board meeting scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

We will have multiple reporters at this afternoon’s meeting and will have live reports starting at 5 p.m. on WWAY NewsChannel 3.

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