Staff Report
James - File photo | Yadkin Ripple

A Forbush High School history teacher and coach who was suspended in May remains on unpaid suspension, but has been removed from his coaching position.

“Toward the end of the school year, allegations of inappropriate communication between Kenan James and a Forbush student were brought to the attention of the Forbush administration. Law enforcement was immediately notified and the school district began an investigation. Soon after, Mr. James was suspended with pay pending further investigation by the school system,” said Forbush Principal Boomer Kennedy.

Kennedy added that the allegations involve only inappropriate communication. The student was also not a member of the women’s soccer team, of which James was the coach.

On Monday morning, Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin reported that James continues to remain on unpaid suspension in terms of his employment with Yadkin County Schools, but has been removed from his position as women’s soccer coach.

“Mr. Kennedy made the decision to remove Mr. James as soccer coach at Forbush High School. The coaching position will be opened up to any interested applicants both inside and outside the school district. Mr. Kennedy and Athletic Director Matt Pruitt hope to name a new head coach as soon as possible. At the same time, they will not rush the process so that they can find the best possible person for the women’s soccer head coaching position,” Martin said.

“Mr. James was employed as a teacher in the Yadkin County Schools on Aug. 1, 1999. The employment of public school teachers in North Carolina is subject to the provisions of North Carolina General Statute § 115C.325. Pursuant to § 115C-325, Mr. James was suspended with pay on May 23, 2018, and this was converted to a suspension without pay on June 19, 2018. At this point, I cannot say anything else as this is a personnel matter,” Martin said.

James File photo | Yadkin Ripple

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