State and local union leaders think it's a systemic problem in the county and could mirror problems with top-heavy school systems across the state.
Judy Hale, head of the state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, and fellow union representatives made the claims in a letter sent recently by an attorney to Monongalia Superintendent Frank Devono.
County AFT leader Sam Brunett sent Devono a letter outlining further complaints on behalf of the county's AFT leadership.
The letter from Hale alleges the board violated the Open Meetings Act when it voted to create the position. The board did not include the item on the agenda for its December meeting. Instead, an addendum to the personnel portion of the meeting was filed the day of the meeting, according to the letter. The letter states the allegation is based on "information and belief."
Public boards are expected to publish agendas three days prior to a meeting. No additions can be made unless it is an emergency, the letter states, citing an opinion of the state Ethics Commission.
This is the second time in three years that the AFT has alleged violations of open meetings laws in Monongalia County.
In 2009 the union sued the board over alleged violations, and Hale said the board eventually admitted wrongdoing, changed the action taken and promised to abide by such policies in the future.
"I don't know why they would do it again when they know it flies in the face of the law," Hale said.
The union is asking the county to eliminate the position, train board members on open meetings laws and pay any legal fees. No one has been hired yet for the position, but the union believes the high pay level and unique nature of the qualifications could mean it was created for a particular person, according to Brunett's letter.