CARBONDALE — Carbondale School District 95's board terminated an elementary assistant principal at its board meeting Tuesday night and put a middle school teacher on unpaid administrative leave.

The board voted to terminate Darryl Cox, who was assistant principal at Parrish Elementary School. Put on unpaid administrative leave was Jill Jackson, a teacher at Carbondale Middle School.

School board president John Major said he could not comment on why Cox was terminated and what circumstances led to Jackson being put on unpaid administrative leave, saying both instances were personnel issues and he was prohibited from discussing either.

He said board staff had met with Cox beforehand and that the board was acting on a decision it made at its last board meeting.

The agenda item concerning Cox read "Consideration of proceeding with reclassification of an Assistant Principal."

In an email earlier in the day, School Superintendent Michael Shimshak wrote that "The Board had already taken action in March to reclassify and non-renew employment of Parrish Assistant Principal Darryl Cox. By statute he is allowed a private and/or public hearing with [the] Board. The Board then considers whether or not to reaffirm its decision, which is the on the agenda item for this evening."

Cox has been with the elementary school about four years, but had served the district previously, for several years, as an assistant principal at Carbondale Community High School. Jackson has been with the school district at least 12 years, Major said.

About 35 people attended the special meeting, most waiting the nearly hour that it took the board to meet in executive session.

The only person who spoke during the public comment period was Elius Reed, who asked the board for clarification about its action concerning Cox.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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