The question of whether to replace the head of an East Tennessee school district drew hundreds of people to a meeting Thursday evening.
The Campbell County School Board met in LaFollette to discuss whether to begin a search for a new director of schools. The chairman called the meeting because some board members decided in recent weeks they no longer support renewing Director Donnie Poston's contract.
Board member Eugene Lawson told 10News off camera that lack of progress on standardized test scores is one of the reasons, but the vast majority at the meeting showed up in support of Poston. He told us he's humbled and doesn't blame those who oppose him.
"You know people, they choose sides for different reasons and you have to respect that. That's the American way and that doesn't mean we're enemies; we're all in this together. If our board members are in it for the right reasons, they're in it for our kids," said Poston.
Thursday the board was deadlocked on whether to begin searching for a new director, so that search will not happen at this point.
Poston's contract will expire in June unless the board agrees to extend it at a future meeting.