School Board puts off Brewer decision, will hold another meeting next week
No decision was made Monday night on the future of Dr. John Brewer, the embattled principal of Dominion High School who has been on leave for three months.
After four hours of deliberation behind closed doors, the Loudoun County School Board returned to an almost empty board room. There were no Brewer supporters or opponents present, only three members of the media -- a stark contrast to the packed meetings of recent weeks.
Another closed-session School Board meeting will be held March 20.
Tonight's meeting was not broadcast or streamed online, as all regularly scheduled School Board meetings are. When asked why, LCPS spokesman Wayde Byard said it was because “there's nothing to see,” noting the lengthy closed session.
Brewer took administrative leave on Dec. 3, 2016, following allegations that former band director at Dominion, Brian Damron, made inappropriate and sexually-fueled comments to students during his time in Loudoun County. The band director, Damron, resigned from his new position in a Florida school system in late 2016 after similar accusations surfaced..
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation into Damron's time at Dominion High on Dec. 5, 2016. The investigation lasted a month, closing on Jan. 10. No criminal charges against the former band director are pending.
Brewer and another LCPS administrator wrote letters recommending Damron to prospective employees in Florida.
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Original story, 7:03 p.m.:
The Loudoun County School Board entered a closed session Monday night for an estimated four-hour meeting that could determine Principal John Brewer's future at Dominion High School.
In a barren room, School Board members unanimously raised their hands to enter the closed session. There were no Brewer supporters present at the specially called meeting, a marked contrast to the busy School Board room seen of late.
Vice Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) read out the agenda for the closed meeting. It didn't mention Brewer by name but noted, "Discussion or consideration of disciplining and performance of a specific employee, which is authorized by Section 2.2-3711(A)(1), of the Code of Virginia. Consultation with legal counsel employed by the School Board regarding a specific legal matter involving employment and requiring a provision of legal advice, which is authorized."
Tonight's meeting is not being broadcast or streamed online, as all regularly scheduled School Board meetings are. When asked why, LCPS public information officer Wayde Byard said “there's nothing to see.”
“They went into executive session and went back to their conference room. In four hours they will come out and certify their session,” Byard said around 6:30 p.m.
Brewer vacated his position last December following allegations that a former band director at Dominion made inappropriate and sexually-fueled comments to students during his time at Dominion. The band director, Brian Damron, resigned from his new position in a Florida school system in late 2016 after similar accusations surfaced.
Brewer and another LCPS administrator wrote letters of recommendation for Damron while he was looking to relocate to Florida, raising questions about whether Loudoun officials were "passing the trash" -- a national practice that sees educators with troubling past incidents recommended for positions at new school districts across the country.
According to Loudoun County School Board member Debbie Rose (Algonkian), LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams has recommended Brewer be terminated from his position. School system officials have largely remained quiet on the situation, providing few details or updates surrounding an investigative review.
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