Centennial High School Focuses On Future After Principal Resigns
by Emily Luxen
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Leaders in Williamson County Schools are anxious to put a controversial week behind them, and focus on a brighter future.
Last week, Centennial High School Principal Dr. Frank Brown resigned amidst allegations he had a sexual relationship with a student when he was a teacher at McGavock High School in Nashville. Williamson County school leaders suggested the relationship continued while Brown was at Centennial.
Director of Schools, Dr. Mike Looney, discussed the issue with parents at a meeting at Centennial High School. He said right now he is focusing on "calming the storm, and moving on."
"I've gotten feedback of disappointment that we are in this situation," said Dr. Looney, "There is also a focus on moving forward and encouraging me to take time to find the right individual to lead the school in the future."
Sandra Joyner, a former assistant principal, has been named the interim Principal at Centennial High School until Brown's permanent replacement is found. She said she is not interested in the position long term, but is happy to help.
"I think, a lot of people loved the former principal, but he has resigned," said Joyner, "so they, like the rest of the faculty and staff are saying let's move on."
Dr. Looney said he plans to post the job next week, but would not give a timetable for finding a new principal.
Neither the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Davidson County Sheriff's Office nor Metro Police willnotpursue a criminal investigation against Dr. Brown. He had been the Principal of Centennial High School for two and a half years. His attorney, Bryan Pieper, has denied the allegations saying Brown has never had an inappropriate relationship with any of his students.