Tribunal rules Jerry Walker's firing valid


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

PADUCAH, Ky. - A three-member tribunal decided Thursday the district was warranted in firing Paducah Middle School Assistant Principal Jerry Walker.

According to the Paducah Sun, the tribunal's decision was unanimous on grounds of immoral conduct or conduct unbecoming of a teacher. That's one of the only reasons a teacher with tenure, which Jerry Walker had, can be fired.

The newspaper reports that Walker's termination letter dated June 12 lists the following reasons for Walker's firing:

- Having an intimate affair with a teacher in his building

- Planning a trip to Nashville in June through work email

- Filing a reimbursement claim for a track meet in May that he did not attend

While the tribunal found Walker's affair did not warrant the firing alone, his deceptions during school meetings and the reimbursement request for more than $500 did.

Walker can appeal the decision to the McCracken County Circuit Court. According to school board attorney Mark Whitlow, he has 29 days left to do so.

Paducah Middle School has already selected a replacement for Walker in former Paducah Tilghman High School Assistant Principal Stacey Overlin.