It has been a week since news of a Jacksboro Middle School teacher’s suspension broke.
Since that time there seems to be more questions than answers.
Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, has confirmed that Dean Branam, a 30- year veteran of the Campbell County school system, has been suspended with pay as a result of inappropriate behavior with a student.
“I suspended him with pay pending the investigation that is being conducted by the Jacksboro Police Department,” Martin said via telephone on Tuesday.
While Branam is currently continuing to receive pay despite his suspension, Martin says that is subject to change.
“Depending on what the investigation reveals further disciplinary action could be taken,” Martin explained.
Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman remains tight lipped about the situation citing the situation is an ongoing investigation.
Chapman did confirm the teacher and former WLAF broadcaster continues to be the subject of an investigation being conducted by his department.
Branam, who has retained Michael Hatmaker to represent him though no formal charges have been filed, had not returned calls for comment at press time.