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Dunn resigns from school board following child abuse conviction

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. Absent from the September meeting was now former School Board Member Brad Dunn. All other members were in attendance.
Brad Dunn has effectively resigned his post as School Board Member as a result of a recent conviction on child abuse charges after what he says were “two long years” of legal battles. Dunn was charged as a result of an incident that occurred at his home in September of 2013 involving his eldest daughter. Though Dunn has been convicted, he maintains his innocence and stated, “I definitely plan to appeal.” At the Thursday meeting, the appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair took place with Kevin Long retaining his seat as Chairman. In his absence Brad Dunn was nominated by Howard Carlton and seconded by Bill Gambill in a vote that would have allowed Dunn to retain his seat as Vice Chairman, however, his resignation negates the appointment. The Tomahawk will continue to follow this case and update readers as information becomes available.
As has become tradition at Johnson County School Board meetings, Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox recognized both students and a staff member for their accomplishments. Bridgette Lewis was named Employee of the Month for September. Bridgette is employed as bookkeeper at Doe Valley Elementary School. When touting her accomplishments, Dr. Simcox stated, “Bridgette never seems to run out of smiles or nice things to say to students, teachers, parents or visitors.” Dr. Simcox went on to say, “Bridgette is extremely hard working and always goes above and beyond what is required of her.” Various students from Doe Valley Elementary also gained a nod of approval from Dr. Simcox. The following students were recognized at the September meeting for accomplishments ranging from exceptional positive character to excellence in academics and art: Makenzie Kelly, Emma Hodges, Andrew Woerner, John Stout, Dalton Matherly, Aithne Wolfenberger and Daniel Stout.
Student School Board Representative William Sutherland was next to give his report to the board.

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