Supporters of Principal John Brewer have released a statement in reaction to the Loudoun County School Board’s decision last night to reinstate the principal on a probationary status and with a number stipulations.
The board technically voted unanimously to terminate Brewer and, in a second, split 6-3 vote, moved to rehire him as principal of Dominion on a probationary period, with contracts to be renewed annually, for three years. If Brewer accepts the offer, he will return as the school’s principal April 17.
A group of parents, students, and staff members who have been outspoken supporters of the principal released the following joint statement Tuesday afternoon:
“As a follow-up to last night’s closed School Board Meeting and subsequent decision regarding Dr. Brewer’s employment with LCPS, we believe it is important to share some of our initial thoughts:
When we came together as a group back in December, our goal was to seek the truth and do everything we could to bring Dr. Brewer back to Dominion High School. The School Board reviewed all of the information available to them, weighed the incredible outpouring of support from the community, and carefully considered the Independent Hearing Officer’s findings and recommendations. The outcome of everything that has transpired over the last 3.5 months is that Dr. Brewer finally has the opportunity to come home.
As parents, we understand how important it is for everyone in our school system to protect our children from any risk of abuse and know that Dr. Brewer fully holds this belief as well. This has drawn attention to a number of institutional challenges, and we believe Dominion High School, Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia will all join forces to put additional safeguards in place to prevent future situations which could put our children at risk. We look forward to seeing Dr. Brewer work with the Superintendent and others to move forward in a spirit of mutual cooperation to implement the plan and get back to the business of educating our teens.
Dr. Brewer’s positive impact on our students, faculty and community is immeasurable. It’s time for our community to heal and move forward. We are confident this can now happen. We are hopeful we can welcome Dr. Brewer back on April 17.”
Superintendent Eric Williams recommended the principal’s job be terminated. Brewer retained an attorney and objected to the recommendation. A public hearing officer heard the arguments of both sides of the case in two days worth of hearings Feb. 22 and 23 and, ultimately, recommended that the board reinstate Brewer but with some sort of disciplinary action, according to School Board member Tom Marshall (Leesburg).
Brewer has 10 days to decide whether to accept the job and the terms, which include undergoing training and a “plan of improvement” as set forth by Williams.
Marshall acknowledged that the stipulations that will come with Brewer’s new job status will exasperate the already strained relationship between the superintendent and one of the county’s most beloved principals.
“It will be an awkward situation for the two of them, but on the other hand, two professionals should be able to figure out a way to make it work.”