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Commissioner Gill quits teaching job following administrative review

Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill has resigned her job as a special education teacher after the Knox County Schools system said it planned to reassign her.

A Knox County commissioner cleared to return to her Knox County Schools teaching job after an investigation into her conduct has instead elected to quit.

Evelyn Gill submitted her resignation Tuesday, effective Wednesday, according to Carly Harrington, Knox County Schools spokeswoman.

The system planned to reassign Gill from her special education teaching position at South-Doyle Middle School to Fulton High School, according to Harrington. But Gill chose to leave instead.

Serving her first term representing the 1st District on County Commission, Gill could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The school system put Gill on administrative leave in September while it reviewed complaints about her teaching conduct as well as for missing too much school time because of her elected position. Gill took office in 2016.

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South-Doyle records reviewed by 10News showed educators became concerned last year that she was missing too much time because of her office.

A Sept. 28, 2016, document indicates Gill joined Andrew Brown and Sharon Robinson at the school in a meeting. The topic: "Working together to balance requirements of a county commissioner and duties of a teacher in Knox County Schools."

According to policy, she got two days a month to go to events outside school. At that meeting, officials noted: "It is our hope that we can support Mrs. Gill as she pursues her political career. We want to work together to make sure that our students are taken care of while she fulfills her duties as a commissioner."

Concerns persisted, however. She frequently left school, apparently for commission events, records showed.

According to a May 24, 2017, document, Gill met again with Brown and Robinson.

The record noted: "School board members are concerned that you are missing too much school to attend public events."

Gill declined to sign the document and asked to see "the dates when she did not do what she was supposed to." Records indicated then she also planned to talk with the superintendent about her future.

Records at South-Doyle also indicated educators had received complaints about the way she treated co-workers.

Another document dated Sept. 28, 2016, showed administrators talked about complaints regarding poor interactions with others.

"It is our expectation that Mrs. Gill treat others as she would like to be treated," the document notes. "We are professionals, and as such expect that we treat others as professionals. The reports of rudeness and harsh treatment of others needs to come to an end."

A handwritten note on the record indicates Gill wanted to respond but, "She never gave me anything."

Harrington told 10News on Wednesday that Gill was removed from administrative leave on Oct. 20. She was scheduled to go back to work Oct. 23 as a special education teacher at Fulton.

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