LCPS: Decision on Embattled Dominion HS Principal Weeks or Months Away

After Dominion High School graduates, current students, parents, and staff members packed the School Board meeting room for a second time on Tuesday, the school system tonight issued a formal statement on the status of Principal John Brewer.

The popular principal is on leave and, according to one School Board member, has been recommended for termination by Superintendent Eric Williams. While scores of speakers have lined up at the past two School Board meetings to praise Brewer for his extraordinary work at Dominion, district leaders largely have remained mum on the controversy.

Tonight, school system spokesman Wayde Byard issued the following statement:

“The administration of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has received additional inquiries regarding Dominion High School Principal Dr. John Brewer.

While it is not our practice to comment on the consideration of a recommendation regarding the dismissal of a particular employee, the following general information can be provided.

Grievance Procedures set by the state govern the School Board’s consideration of administrative recommendations for the dismissal of continuing contract teachers, assistant principals and principals. Several weeks to multiple months may elapse between an employee taking leave in connection with an investigation and action by the School Board on a recommendation for dismissal. The time this process requires is not solely dependent on the timing of actions by LCPS, but instead is also significantly affected by the timing of actions of others, including the involved employee and his/her attorney.

LCPS acknowledges that situations in which an employee is on extended leave may be very difficult for students, parents, and other employees. LCPS recognizes that much of this difficulty, and the emotion that comes with it, is caused by a lack of information available to the public. Even though the involved employee is entitled to request and receive a statement of the reasons for the recommendation, these reasons are not released by LCPS. Also, no information is made available regarding how far along a recommendation is in the process. This contributes to the difficulty for those involved.

Thank you for your continued efforts to support Dominion High School during this difficult time.”

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