Big Spring School Board Stands By Superintendent

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

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.

Downes made this statement at Thursday's meeting:
     
"When I was alerted of this potential complaint, I contacted TEA to request a copy. I have not received a copy of the complaint. Neal Adams from the Adams, Lynch, and Loftin Law Firm has been retained to represent me regarding all matters related to the complaint. The investigation and resolution of the complaint will be handled through formal conferences and hearings and not through the media. Once the process is concluded, I can assure the Board, staff, and       patrons of BSISD that the facts will substantiate that I have not done anything inappropriate. I appreciate the support of the BSISD Board of Trustees and look forward to continuing our great work for the children of Big Spring."