PANAMA CITY - Bay District School Board members have postponed their decision on the fate of the Arnold High School's Athletic Director Karisa Wesley.
She's accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student in 2011.
Board members say they aren't satisfied with the school district and Bay County Sheriff's Office investigations and want to hire an outside agency to conduct another investigation.
Karisa Wesley has her supporters. Co-workers and Arnold volleyball players, both current and former team members, were in Tuesday's meeting, along with extra security.
All were there to hear the board's decision on Superintendent Bill Husfelt's recommendation to fire Wesley.
He was not present at Tuesday's meeting because he was attending a state educational summit. He was one of three superintendents in the state to be selected.
Instead, Deputy Superintendent Sandra Davis presided over the meeting in Husfelt's place.
Superintendent Husfelt suspended Wesley with pay last Wednesday, for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student several years ago, involving sex, and the use of alcohol and marijuana.
Current and former students say they know a different Wesley than the one under scrutiny.
"I could never imagine somebody with so much hard will and a strong woman that she is wanting to throw her entire life away," said Katie Santos, a former Arnold student and volleyball player.
Parents who were close with Wesley joined in her defense.
"Next question, if you've ever seen coach Wesley drink alcohol, stand up. If you've ever partied with Coach Wesley in any way, shape, or form, please stand up."
One of Wesley's former roommates gave his perspective on the investigations.
"I've never seen any one of these people and I've read the reports of the descriptions that they've made of their house and things of that nature, and it's not accurate," said Tyler Beaver, Wesley's former roommate.
"I feel as responsible to her as I would to any taxpayer to be honest with you and so I was very open to hearing her side of the story which is critical to get hopefully to the truth," said Steve Moss, a school board member.
That led to the board commissioning it's own outside investigation, saying they're not satisfied with the school district or the Bay County Sheriff's Office's efforts.
"There were leading questions asked. There were holes and no follow up questions and i just had concerns that we had part of the story and I for one am not willing to jeopardize a person's career without the entire story," said Ginger Littleton, another school board member.
The board's attorney will choose someone to conduct the investigation, which will delay a decision for up to 60 days.
Wesley was not present at today's meeting. Once again she did not respond to NewsChannel 7's request for comment.
She'll remain on suspension with pay.