Lawrence school board votes to terminate Billy Mills Middle School teacher for ‘endangering students’

photo by: Ashley Hocking

Billy Mills Middle School is pictured on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, when the school commemorated its renaming with a special ceremony.

The Lawrence school board has voted to terminate a Lawrence school district teacher for reasons that included endangering the safety of students.

The board met in executive session as part of its meeting Monday to discuss a “personnel matter.” Following the 15-minute executive session, School Board President Shannon Kimball said action related to the executive session would be taken as part of the consent agenda.

An additional agenda item was added to the consent agenda after the executive session. The agenda item consisted of a resolution that terminated the employment contract of teacher Jordan Gray. The resolution listed three reasons for the board’s intent to terminate the contract: endangering the safety of students, unprofessional conduct, and failure to report an accident on school property.

No further information was included in the resolution about the circumstances. The school district’s website lists Jordan Gray as “ED/BD” at Billy Mills Middle School. The district’s staff page does not provide further information about the position.

District spokesperson Julie Boyle said no student injuries were involved in the situation. Boyle added that “in order to protect the privacy rights of the individual involved, the district is unable to comment further on this confidential personnel matter.” Boyle said ED/BD is a special education designation “denoting services for students with emotional and behavioral exceptionalities.”

A district news release stated that the board clerk will give Gray written notice, including that she is entitled to a hearing before the board, provided that she files a written request within 10 days of receiving notice.


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