JCMS vice principals suspended for fight
Police were called to the Jefferson County Middle School April 28, when a fight between two vice principals spilled out into the administrative office.
Jerry Matthew "Matt" Newell, 34, and David Montague Davis, 38, were cited for second-degree disorderly conduct by police, and placed on administrative leave.
"There had been a physical confrontation and shouting and door slamming," said Madras police chief Tom Adams. "It was pretty disruptive in the workplace."
By the time police arrived, around 10:30 a.m., the fight had broken up, and one of the administrators had left the building. "We contacted one at the location, and contacted the other one later at the police department," Adams said.
"Nobody was hurt, and nobody had marks," he said, so the two were cited to appear in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on May 17.
Second-degree disorderly conduct is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
"We are concerned about the criminal side of it; that's what we deal with. There's an administrative side of it as well," explained Adams, noting that the school district is conducting its own investigation.
School District 509-J human resources director Melinda Boyle said that she immediately placed the two vice principals on administrative leave, with pay, "until the investigation has been completed."
She declined further comment on the matter, which has been referred to the school board.
At the Monday night school board meeting, teacher Dave Jordan expressed concerns about the safety at the middle school in light of recent events -- including an incident in which a student brought a knife to school.
"I don't feel safe about sending my daughter there," he said. "I don't think it's under control now."
JCMS teacher Maria Crowley commented that in spite of recent events, the school has good students and staff. "We have an image that needs to be restored," she said.