Michael Downes Submits His Resignation

By Camaron Abundes 
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING- The Big Spring School Board will buy out Superintendent Michael Downes contract for an undisclosed amount of money. The District's attorney Fred Stormer, of the Underwood Law Firm out of Lubbock and Amarillo worked with Downes and his Attorney, Neal Adams to iron out the details.

Effective immediately Michael Downes no longer works for the district. According to Stormer, a drawn out TEA investigation created an unnecessary distraction for the district.

Stormer said the district learned of the TEA's investigation back in November 2007 and said the Board of Trustees expected a speedy resolution.

"A quick resolution did not ensue and the TEA investigation still continues. The TEA complaint has proven to be a distraction, for Mr. Downes, the district's faculty and students and the community at large, for this reason the District and Mr. Downes determined it would be in their best interest to end their employment relationship," Stormer said.

The TEA's investigation started with allegations against Downes stemming from his time in a pan handle school district. The allegations detailed an inappropriate relationship with a female student.

When asked about the money exchanged in the buy out, Stormer would not comment. No further details were released by the district.