By PAM SCHEHL,News Staff Reporter

MOUNT VERNON – Through unconfirmed reports, the News has learned administrative hearing referee R. Lee Shepherd has recommended the teaching contract of suspended Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher John Freshwater be terminated.

Board of education president Margie Bennett acknowledged the board received the report late Friday evening but would not confirm the contents. She did tell the News the board will be reviewing the report at Monday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

See Monday’s edition of the News for more information.



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3 Responses to “Shepherd recommends Freshwater be fired”

  1. Anonymous

    An excellent decision. I honestly saw no other option for the referee, given Freshwater’s insubordination and violation of the Establishment Clause.nnWhen do we begin the countdown to Freshwater’s appeal of the termination hearing recommendation? Hah.

  2. Anonymous

    Really????? After how many months and thousands of taxpayer dollars???????