Brewer reinstated as Dominion principal on probationary status
The decision was made following a closed session meeting called by the Loudoun County School Board Monday night. The closed meeting lasted nearly four hours.
Sixteen supporters in attendance, including John Brewer's wife, Rachel, sighed in dismay as School Board Chairman Jeff Morse said the board approved Superintendent Eric Williams' recommendation that Brewer be dismissed from the post.
But Morse then went on to add that Brewer be offered the position in probationary status.
Brewer has 10 calendar days to decide if he will accept the offer. If he does, he will take up the new position on April 17. If not, the offer will be withdrawn. If he accepts the new position, he will be unemployed with no pay until he begins work in April.
Morse went on to state a long list of conditions for Brewer's new contract. First, he said the superintendent will issue "a letter of reprimand" to Brewer, who, if he takes the position, will have to receive training in child abuse and neglect-reporting training, along with training in appropriate and timely communication with supervisors and other employers, training in recognizing and reporting incidents of inappropriate relationships between students and staff, plus Constitutional Law training related to religion in public schools.
Voting against Brewer's reinstatement were board members Eric Hornberger (Ashburn), Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge).
Reacting to the decision, Rachel Brewer said, "My greatest desire is that God be glorified through this and I'm just thankful for the Titan family, the community, the staff and the kids."
School Board members made no comment as they left the boardroom. Board member Debbie Rose (Algonkian) posted a statement on her Facebook page.
“Tonight I, along with my fellow school board members, made a difficult decision in what has been a very difficult process for everyone involved. I will try to issue a statement on my vote, but it is complicated by VA employee privacy laws. But for now, I would respectfully ask that the community focus on the students of DHS. It is my hope and belief that starting on April 17, the process of healing can begin and that DHS will continue to thrive and be a place where all students feel welcome, respected and challenged to live a life of significance.”
The "Support Dr. Brewer Group" also released a statement, illustrating their hopes that Brewer will accept the offer now on the table.
“...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 group stated. "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 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 like this. We look forward to seeing Dr. Brewer work with the Superintendent and others to implement the plan and get back to the business of educating our teens ..."
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