Big Spring Board Takes No Action on Michael Downes Contract

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The waiting game continues for Big Spring Superintendent Michael Downes.

The school board didn't take action on Wednesday night on Downes' employment contract.

Downes has been fighting off allegations of an improper relationship 20 years ago from one of his former students in a panhandle school district.

The school board decided to discuss the issue with Downes behind closed doors in executive session.

Last month, NewsWest 9 told you Downs met with Texas Education Agency officials in Austin about the allegations.

After reviewing the claims, the state turned the matter over to its legal department.

The school board continues to back Downes as long as there are no charges or disciplinary action.

Downes maintains he's innocent of any wrongdoing.