Washington County, TN school board speaks out on Hammond’s arrests and votes on budget


For the first time since his second arrest on April 18th Washington County School Board member David Hammond attended a school board meeting Tuesday night.

Hammond was arrested a second time after violating an order of protection.  He was arrested before that on March 22 after being accused of assaulting his former girlfriend.

Following some parental concerns about David Hammond’s two arrests in the past month, News Channel 11 spoke to school board members to get on their opinion -specifically on whether or not they believe Hammond is still qualified for the job.

“Well I feel like he’s still qualified he’s just had, in my opinion, some bad luck and he’s going to work through this and I can’t judge him until the courts make their decision,” said Keith Ervin, Washington County Tennessee School Board Chairman.

Director of Schools Bill Flanary would not comment on camera but said the decision of Hammond’s position as a school board member is not up to the board but up to the courts.

Also discussed during tonight’s meeting, a vote to add a two percent pay increase for all Washington County Tennessee school employees was passed.

“Tonight is our first round of preparing a budget for next year and we are looking try to give our entire staff a 2 percent increase this year we did not give them an increase last year,” said , Washington County Tennessee School Board  Member.

The proposal will now move onto the budget committee and if it passes it will move to the county commission.

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