Principal now says concerns had been raised

12:57 pm | April 18, 2013

On Saturday, Doug Mitchell claimed school system administrators had never discussed charges of harassment against him, but, on Wednesday morning, the embattled West Side Elementary School principal said he had, in fact, had a telephone conversation with Assistant Superintendent Richard VanHuss.

Photo by Danny DavisWest Side Principal Doug Mitchell agrees with statements that Assistant Superintendent Richard VanHuss discussed issues surrounding his communication with a former West Side teacher.

Photo by Danny Davis
West Side Principal Doug Mitchell agrees with statements that Assistant Superintendent Richard VanHuss discussed issues surrounding his communication with a former West Side teacher.

On Tuesday, when contacted by the Elizabethton STAR, Assistant Superintendent Richard VanHuss corroborated Director of Schools Ed Alexander’s written statement that VanHuss spoke with Mitchell concerning potentially inappropriate conduct with another city school system employee.

“I most certainly did have that conversation with Mr. Mitchell,” VanHuss said.

When asked about VanHuss’ resolute statement, Mitchell also confirmed to the STAR that there had been a conversation.
But that’s not what Mitchell said in a statement he released this past weekend.

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