By Camaron Abundes
BIG SPRING- Allegations of misconduct did not influence the Big Spring School Board's decision to give Superintendent Michael Downes a proficient rating on his annual evaluation. The board will discuss his contract next Thursday.
School Board President Alan Partee said in a statement that Superintendent Downes and his attorney will turn over the complaint filed by the State Board for Educator Certification, as soon as he receives a copy from the state.
"We have requested our counsel to obtain information about the allegations. To date, this Board has not received any complaint or allegations of misconduct by Mr. Downes during his tenure at Big Spring ISD," said Partee.
Superintendent Downes says he is positive the facts will prove his innocence. Allegations of misconduct were filed by a former Big Spring ISD employee on behalf of several women who claim Downes acted inappropriately in Lefors, TX.