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School Board Refuses To Reverse Decision

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Donovan Stockwell’s attempt to return to teaching at Grundy County High School was denied at the August 14 School Board meeting.

A lawyer for Stockwell asked for a recent decision by a hearing officer to be reversed, allowing Stockwell to return to his job. He was dismissed after allegedly violating the school board’s social media policy by posting photos of himself on Facebook using the alias “Austin Diesel.” The board heard comments from Stockwell’s lawyer and their lawyer before voting to “stay” the hearing officer’s decision.

In other business, the board presented awards to longtime members Wilene Campbell and Charles Sanders who will not be retuning. Campbell said that she ran for the children, teachers, and taxpayers, and that she was leaving that way. Sanders stated that he had served on the board for 14 years and never missed a board meeting.

Awards were also presented to Billy Moon and Tim Tucker for stepping up this summer and filling in where needed. They worked above many hours beyond their regular duties.

Jason Tate, Gina Sons, Jessica Slatten, and Sean Casey received awards for working in to improve technology in the schools this summer.

September has been designated Attendance Awareness Month for all Grundy County schools. Activities to improve attendance will be implemented throughout the system.

Of interest to many school employees, the board voted to lift the freeze on salaries for support staff. However, they did not give a date when this would go into effect.