HAGERSTOWN — The principal of South Hagerstown High School was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday, but the superintendent of Washington County Public Schools said he could not discuss details of the move.
Timothy Dawson was “placed on paid administrative leave today,” Superintendent Clayton Wilcox wrote in an e-mail response to an inquiry from The Herald-Mail. “Beyond confirming that he is on leave, I am not at liberty to discuss the matter further.”
“Sherry Hamilton, who is his designee, is serving as acting principal,” Wilcox wrote.
Hamilton is the assistant principal of Curriculum and Instruction at the school, according to its website.
School system spokesman Richard Wright referred to Education Article 6-202 of the Annotated Code for the State of Maryland when asked for what reasons, in general, a schools employee could be placed on administrative leave.
“On the recommendation of the county superintendent, a county board may suspend or dismiss a teacher, principal ... or other professional” for misconduct in office, insubordination, immorality, incompetence or willful neglect of duty, Article 6-202 states.