Principal Brewer Recommended for Termination

Dominion High School Principal John Brewer has been recommended for termination, according to a Loudoun County School Board member.

School Board member Debbie Rose (Algonkian) confirmed Facebook rumors that Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams is recommending that Brewer be fired.

Brewer, named principal of the year in 2010, has been on leave for more than a month. School system administrators have declined to specify why Brewer is on leave, but the move came as Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation of Brian Damron, who served as Dominion’s band director from July 2012 to January 2015 under the leadership of Brewer.

The Sheriff’s Office’s investigation was prompted by reports from a 15-year-old student in Jacksonville, FL, that Damron had made sexual advances toward him. Duval County Public Schools in Florida hired Damron last year after he abruptly resigned from Loudoun County Public Schools. School records show that Brewer, and another Loudoun administrator, wrote letters of recommendations that Damron submitted to Duval County Public Schools, as part of his application. The investigation is looking into whether any criminal activity took place in Loudoun.

According to Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office Kraig Troxell, “The case remains open but at this time there are no charges pending.”

Bill Raye, former principal at Horizon Elementary School, has been appointed as Dominion’s interim principal.

Rose wrote this week on the Support Dr. Brewer Facebook page that Williams’ recommendation to let Brewer go will be followed up by a review of the record by an outside and independent hearing officer who will provide the School Board with a recommendation. From there, the School Board may review the records and make a final decision. Any discussion will take place in closed session because it is a personnel matter.

Rose said today that, for that same reason, she cannot comment on the situation. “I’m not going to say anything, not yet,” she said.

A crowd of parents, teachers and students are expected to attend Tuesday’s School Board meeting to voice their support for Brewer. A petition at Change.org in support of the principal has more than 1,950 signatures.

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