NEW LEXINGTON — A special meeting of the New Lexington School District Board of Education was called on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The meeting took place in the Middle School Media Center at 4 p.m.

The purpose of the emergency meeting was to take official public action on resignation submissions by teaching personnel. An executive session of the Board is conducted for the purpose of consideration of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee or official.

Once the reading of notice of meeting was completed, the Board and Superintendent Casey Coffey moved to executive session. As soon as the Board returned from executive session, a vote was taken to accept resignations from Brettney Vermillion, a high school/middle school health teacher and Kaylan Featheroff, the high school Vocal/Instrumental teacher.

Vermillion’s letter of resignation was effective Sept. 8; while Featheroff’s letter of resignation was effective Sept. 9. The resignations for both former teachers applied to all contracts, both teaching and supplementals. The vote to accept both resignations was unanimous. With no further business on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned.

Vermillion served as a coach in the athletic department, while Featheroff was the high school marching band director.

When asked why the two teachers resigned so suddenly three days into the new school year, Coffey responded with a prepared media statement as follows:

“The New Lexington School District Board of Education called an emergency special meeting today to handle two very time-sensitive resignations submitted by two members of our teaching staff (Kaylan Featheroff and Brett Vermillion) earlier this week. In these unprecedented times with the COVID health crisis, and our reopening of schools to our students only earlier this week, the Board needed to act on these resignations quickly to ensure continuity of educational instruction for our students and to ensure continuity in our extra-curricular program offerings to our students.”

Coffey added that neither teacher had reported to their former classrooms as of yet. The stunning resignations came on the heels of another former New Lexington teacher making headlines. Last week former teacher and basketball coach, Dustin Addington, entered a not guilty plea to a host of drug trafficking charges in Judge Tina Boyer’s Perry County Common Pleas Court.

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