"Ongoing problems" prompt suspension of Director of Schools

Director of Schools Jason Vance / Source: Loudon County Schools

LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Loudon County Schools Superintendent Jason Vance has been suspended with pay as of June 13, according to Loudon County School Board Chairman Craig Simon.

Chairman Simon said the suspension is a result of "ongoing problems" with Vance. The board member did not mention any specific incident; however, Vance had previously been connected to an issue in the earlier part of the 2019.

On March 5, 2019, the Loudon County Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss Vance's contract. At the end of the meeting, the school board did not come to a decision, but said it would continue to investigate concerns raised in a January meeting where members of the public voiced concerns about the Loudon High School boys basketball coach. According to the board meeting's minutes, 10 people came forward on the issue.

That March special meeting concluded with a report from the investigation gives a recommendation that Vance should "receive discipline and corrective instruction." At the time, Chairman Simon said that the board took all the attorney's recommendations and Director Vance went back to work.

The school board's lawyers are now looking into buying out Vance's contract, Chariman Simon told WVLT News.

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