Under the eyes of the statewide media, the Blevins School Board received and accepted the resignation of longtime superintendent Billy Lee after a 46-minute executive session as part of a contentious week in the district.

Under the eyes of the statewide media, the Blevins School Board received and accepted the resignation of longtime superintendent Billy Lee after a 46-minute executive session as part of a contentious week in the district.
Lee’s resignation, although not effective until the end of the current school in June 2018, comes in the aftermath of a parent’s accusation on television and social media that Lee pulled on gun on her.
In announcing what called Lee’s “resignation and retirement,” the Blevins School Board also said he was leaving with a $135,000 net severance package.  Lee, who has served 34 years in education, is also eligible for retirement.
After the official meeting, however, Lee’s attorney, Rowe Stayton of Prescott, held an impromptu press conference, in which he maintained the accusations against his client were false, and touting a school security video as proof.
“Release the video and everyone will see exactly what happened. It is nothing remotely as the parent described,” he said.
Stayton then proceeded to detail the incident based on what he said video depicted.
Stayton said that the parent in question, identified in previous media reports as Bridget McClure, got on the bus that Lee was driving, and she was engaging him about disciplining her children.
“Lee asked her to get off that bus, saying that wasn't the appropriate place to talk about what happened. McClure got off the bus, but later, she went and waited for Lee at the school district office to confront him again,” Stayton said.
Stayton said McClure’s 17-year-old son threw four rocks at Lee's truck as he was trying to leave.
“We have photos of the damage done to Lee’s truck,” he said.
McClure made the claim in both social media and in a statewide television interview that Lee pulled a gun on her, but Stayton said McClure likely saw Lee’s wallet or a cell phone.
After Stayton’s press conference, McClure said “I’m glad he is leaving, but the question to me is, why resign if you’ve done nothing wrong? And, why is the Blevins board letting him stay the rest of the year?”
McClure also claimed any video Lee’s attorney had was likely edited or altered.
“I don’t need to see a video; I was there.  I know what happened. I know what a wallet looks like, and I know what the butt of a pistol looks like.”
In his own statements afterwards, Lee said “With 34 years, it just got to be a health problem, and this just pushed it over. And it’s the best for the school district to get past this and move on; we’ve had some other incidents. It’s best for the school district, so the kids can learn and be successful, so this community can move on.”
Lee said he plans not to pursue criminal charges against McClure’s son for throwing rocks at his truck, but the Blevins School District did reportedly suspend him based on the principal’s recommendation.
The Hempstead County Sheriff’s report on the incident said that the video and evidence from their investigation had been turned over Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen’s office. As the Hope Star was preparing for press, there was still no word if any charges against either Lee or the 17-year-old were going to be filed.