No Formal Action Taken in Brewer Matter

No Formal Action Taken in Brewer Matter

After nearly four hours of a closed session, the Loudoun County School Board announced it had not taken any formal action on terminating Dominion High School Principal John Brewer on March 13.

The School Board will have another closed, special meeting March 20, Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin) said.

Dominion High School principal John Brewer was put on administrative leave in December, pending an investigation into Brewer’s possible knowledge of former DHS band teacher Brian Dameron’s inappropriate behavior toward students. Superintendent of Schools Eric Williams has recommended that the county fire Brewer.

That action by LCPS has not been popular with a group of vocal Dominion parents and students, nor with the Loudoun County community-at-large, and protests have continued asking for reconsideration and greater transparency.

Hundreds of county residents have testified on Brewer’s behalf at board meeting since December. LCPS broke its silence on the matter on Jan. 26, after more than 70 people spoke in support of reinstating Brewer during a regular meeting of the Loudoun County School Board on Jan. 24.

“Several weeks to multiple months may elapse between an employee taking leave in connection with an investigation and action by the School Board on a recommendation for dismissal,” LCPS Public Information Officer Wayde Byard said in a statement to Dominion parents. “The time this process requires is not solely dependent on the timing of actions by LCPS, but instead is also significantly affected by the timing of actions of others, including the involved employee and his/her attorney.”