South-Doyle principal thanks community for support
The principal of South-Doyle High School is thanking the community for their support in his absence from the school.
On Feb. 8, Tim Berry, and assistant principal Clark Duncan were placed on leave "pending an investigation into allegations of failure to perform essential responsibilities and duties associated" with their administrative positions.
No additional details have been released about why the two administrators were placed on leave.
On Wednesday, Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre told board members during their midmonth meeting that an outside agency is conducting the investigation.
In his note, Berry said that he can't respond to communications and that his cellphone has been shut down.
"I know it's frustrating not to know what is going on and you have many questions," wrote Berry in a Facebook message circulating on social media.
"Reflect on the integrity in our prior decisions and what we try to model for our students each and every day. Trust that (Schools Superintendent) Dr. (Jim) McIntyre and our Human Resources Department is following investigation protocol and have our best interest at heart."
"But I am encouraged by your support," he said. "I am waiting patiently for this to work itself out."
Berry said he misses his South Knoxville family and expects everyone to keep their focus and continue to work hard. He also asked that his message be forwarded and shared because he's not friends with students on Facebook.
"Give the current admin. team your respect and patience … they are in a tough situation," he said. "South Knoxville, hold your head high, and remember Clark and me in your prayers."
Berry, who has been with the school system since July 2011, has a salary of $102,690. He joined Knox County Schools after serving as a principal in Loudon County.
Duncan, who also serves as South-Doyle's athletic director and head football coach, has been with the school system since August 1981 and has a salary of $86,641.
Also last week, assistant football coach Justin McCarter resigned from his position. He also was an teaching assistant at the school and resigned from his teaching job on Feb. 4.
McCarter had been with the school system since 2008 and received a salary of $15,420.55. His resignation indicated he was making a "career change," according to a form in his personnel file.