Shelby County Schools Superintendent John Mowbray said Thursday he has “no intention” of firing anyone over the handling of a report of a teacher having sex with a student.
Mowbrays comments come after the school district fired the district’s principal and the principal’s brother on Wednesday over allegations the district fired students over their sexual orientation.
The district also announced the firing of three more staffers, including the superintendent’s son, who has worked in the district for 20 years.
The allegations have been under investigation for more than a year by the state Education Department.
Mowbres statement said the district is “actively working to address the matter and are continuing to gather all relevant facts.”
He added that the district will not be “reacting to this news through any other means.”
“The allegations are serious, and it is our hope and expectation that the investigation will be concluded soon,” Mowres statement continued.MOWBRAY: No teacher is ‘Trying to Break the Law’ by Firing StudentsFor more than 20 years, Shelby County, Ala., has been one of the state’s most racially diverse districts.
Its residents, overwhelmingly white, are overwhelmingly affluent, and many work in high-paying jobs.
Schools are highly integrated, with nearly all of its students attending schools that are at least a half-hour’s drive from each other.
In an email, Mowbels office referred to a 2015 report from the Alabama Department of Education, which found that the Shelby County schools “are the only public school district in Alabama that is more racially and ethnically diverse than the rest of the Alabama public school system.”
The report was based on data from the 2010-2015 school year, which is when Mowberays first took over the district.
It also found that at least one-third of Shelby County students are black and that African Americans make up about 40 percent of the student body.
The report found that black students in Shelby County “are more likely to be suspended, expelled, and not admitted to a high school compared to their white counterparts.”
In 2014, the district received an annual score of 70.8 out of 100 from the U.S. Department of Justice for its school district.
That year, the score was 73.6 out of a possible 100.
According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the state has a law in place that protects the civil rights of students by barring discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity.
Mows statement did not specify what the state law is that prohibits discrimination based on race or the color of one’s skin.
In his statement, Mows said the state does not require schools to provide equal opportunities for all students, but he did say “this law is not being enforced.”
He also said the school board has taken steps to ensure that the school is in compliance with the law and “to ensure that we provide an environment that allows all students to learn and succeed.”MOWBERS ADMINISTRATION: No Teacher is ‘Attempting to Break The Law’By Mike Mowbe | Published Feb. 13, 2019 10:07:13The Shelby County School District says it has fired a districtwide principal and a school board member who the school system says have been involved in sexual misconduct with students.
The school district on Wednesday fired Superintendent John R. Mowers, a Democrat, and Principal Thomas E. Jones, a Republican, who were both fired in connection with a March 20 report by state Education Secretary Mary G. Bassett.
Mowers was named the superintendent in March after he was named a member of the National Academy of School Administrators in 2018.
He is also the superintendent of the Shelby High School District.
Mower and Jones are the third district officials to be fired in less than a week for alleged misconduct, according to the school.
The district said Mowers was fired in conjunction with the March 20 release of a scathing report from Bassett’s office on the allegations against Mowers.
Mosey and Jones have said they have no involvement in any inappropriate behavior.
The three employees were placed on leave and the district has suspended all four of them, according