Dominion parents, students stand up for Principal Brewer to LCPS leaders
Brewer, who’s held his post at the school since it opened in 2003, abruptly went on leave Dec. 3. On Dec. 2, the Times-Mirror published a story detailing allegations about Brian Damron, a former Dominion band director who is accused of having sexual relationships with former students at the school. Damron recently resigned from a position in a Jacksonville, Fla. school after an internal investigative report substantiated claims he made sexual advances toward a student.
Loudoun County Public School officials have declined to say why Brewer went on leave.
Brewer was named principal of the year in 2010 and, according to the parents who spoke at the meeting, left his mark on the entire school community. A group of parents have started an online petition to reinstate Brewer as principal and to ensure he is not treated as a "scapegoat" by LCPS. The petition has over 1,600 signatures.
Numerous people at the meeting held signs that said, “We are thankful for Dr. Brewer” and wore buttons with the letter “B” on them to show support.
“Our community was and still is shocked about the abrupt manner in which we were informed of Dr. Brewer’s leave from our school,” said Dominion mother Amy Curran, holding back tears. “We ask the LCPS administration to quell the rumors that are present since the very ambiguous email was hastily sent out. We ask you address the students, community and staff as quickly as possible. Transparency is paramount.”
Many parents spoke about Brewer’s “immeasurable character,” telling stories about the principal showing up at their doorsteps to greet them before the start of the school year, visiting Dominion parents in the hospital and his countless hours supporting the school and all of its extracurricular activities.
“As everyone in this room is aware, Dominion has been positively and immeasurably impacted by Dr. Brewer’s service over the past 15 years,” said Dominion father Eric Holmberg. “Reputations are not born in an instant, but forged over the crucible of life’s work that one engages in coupled with the relationships they have. By any measure John Brewer has earned his reputation as the leader of our Titan community.”
Doug Allen, a Dominion father, pointed out during his public comment that the School Board doesn’t have the authority to reinstate Brewer. Allen did urge the board to be “strong leaders” and represent the will of the parents that elected them.
The rock outside of Dominion that Brewer regularly wrote messages on for the student body, like “Go Titans!” or “Congrats Class of 2016,” has been painted with the letter “B” since the principal took leave.
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