A lawyer hired by the Paoli Community School Corporation announced during a meeting Wednesday night that the board and Superintendent Casey Brewster agreed to the terms of his resignation, which is effective immediately.
The announcement comes after the board voted last month to suspend Brewster, claiming he was incompetent in the areas of academic progress and financial management.
At the public board meeting, no such claims were levied against Brewster, who was in attendance but did not speak.
School board president Lila Tucker says the board had good reason to ask for Brewster’s resignation, and they shared that information with Brewster and his attorney’s.
“We had ample [evidence] to remove him, and they decided after seeing what was the evidence and those people who were going to supply the evidence in our case,” Tucker says. “Then they asked if they could have some kind of an agreement made.”
She said after seeing the evidence it was Brewster and his attorney that offered the agreement.
Three of the seven board members spoke out, saying they did not like the way the board handled the matter and expressed support for Superintendent Brewster. The board voted 7 to 4 to accept the terms of the resignation.
Residents seemed dismayed by the decision and nearly all those in attendance applauded after board members voiced their support of Brewster, even giving him a standing ovation at one point. There was no question and answer section and no time devoted to comments from the public.
Resident and former Paoli school teacher Trent Magner said he wishes the board had been more transparent about their charges against Brewster.
“All we hear is ‘If you only knew what I knew,’” Magner says. “Well, we want to know.”
Tucker says the information they used in the decision will be made public soon, and she wants people to know what went into the board’s decision.
“I am looking forward to the day it comes available,” she says.