‘Fantastic’ to be back: Brewer returns to Dominion
Brewer requested no special events or treatment at school Monday, according to several LCPS parents, but staff, parents and former students greeted Brewer this evening at Senor Tequila in Cascades with a hero's welcome. Claps and cheers filled the restaurant as Brewer made his way in. He eventually went table to table for hugs.
School staff reflected on Dr. Brewer's first day back.
“It's been awesome. I expected it to be different, but it was a very good normal, and it hasn't been a good normal since December, so it was really excellent,” said teacher Steve Hicks, who's been at the school since it opened in 2003. “The kids were less anxious.”
“It was a wonderful feeling. You could tell there was an aura in the building,” said teacher Sally Carlo. “I could feel it in the building. There was a lot of clapping when he gave the announcements to the students this morning.”
Brewer told the Times-Mirror it was “fantastic” to be back.
The principal's return follows a tumultuous few months. In March, the LCPS School Board announced its decision to approve Superintendent Eric Williams' recommendation that Brewer be dismissed from his post.
However, the School Board went on to offer the beleaguered principal his position back on an annual contract for three years, but on a probationary status. The School Board set out a long list of terms and conditions for Brewer's new contract, including training him in a number of areas, including child abuse and neglect reporting, appropriate and timely communication with supervisors and other employers, recognizing and reporting incidents of inappropriate relationships between students and staff, plus Constitutional Law training related to religion in public schools.
Brewer was placed on leave last December, a move that coincided with an investigation into the behavior of former Dominion band director Brian Damron. As first reported by the Times-Mirror, Brewer wrote a letter of recommendation for Brian Damron to employers in Florida, even after the Loudoun County Public School system reported an alleged incident of inappropriate behavior involving Damron to police in November 2014. The investigation didn’t go forward because the incident happened in another county, according to a statement made by LCPS.
Damron went on to be hired by a Florida school system and then resigned on Nov. 1, 2016, after an investigation substantiated claims that he made sexual advances toward a student there. No charges were filed.
Last month the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office confirmed its investigation into Damron's time at Dominion High School is closed.
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