School district fires tenured teacher

School district fires tenured teacher

For the first time in eight years, the Dickson County school district has dismissed a tenured teacher. 

During the Thursday, August 22 school board meeting , Board member Steve Haley made a motion to approve the dismissal and it was second by Phil Buckner. The motion was approved unanimously with board chairman Kirk Vandivort abstaining.

According to court records, Marty Allison, a county teacher since 1988, was indicted in March for four counts of simple assault against minors.

The former teacher was suspended in October 2018 after it was discovered he was under investigation by the Department of Children’s Services for inappropriate physical contact with a student “didn’t” result in harm, according to school records.

During the board meeting, School Director Dr. Danny Weeks recommended the dismissal based on an investigation completed by his team and meetings with law enforcement.

Weeks stated that the reason under state law to dismiss Allison included incompetence, conduct unbecoming of a teacher, insubordination and neglective duty.

Weeks also said that while he hasn’t gathered any new information about the case, he felt it was time for the district to move forward.

Allison’s trial was originally set for July 23, but was pushed back to December 10.

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