WHS assistant principal placed on admin. leave


WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — The woman just hired to become the next Washington High School principal has been placed on administrative leave for an indefinite period of time, according to an email sent out Thursday from Superintendent Dr. Tom Bailey to WHS parents.

Jennifer Miller, who is currently the assistant principal at the high school, was named principal for the upcoming 2023-24 school year at the Washington Court House City School District’s May Board of Education meeting. She was set to become the first female principal at Washington High School in its history of over 120 years.

The following is a copy of the email that was sent out to WHS parents on Thursday:


I am sorry to bring you this news so close to the end of the year, however I want to let you know that Ms. Miller, assistant principal of Washington HS, has been placed on administrative leave for an indefinite period of time. This leave is not a result of anything that has taken place at school nor does it involve any issues with staff or students at school. After an investigation is conducted, a determination will be made about her return to Washington HS. Thank you for your patience as we work to bring this to a quick resolution. Given that this is an ongoing personnel matter, the District cannot release any further information at this time.


Dr. Tom Bailey

Miller was allegedly involved in an incident Monday at the Little League complex on Lewis Street.

A male subject allegedly made social media threats at the Little League president, Chapman Fluent, on Monday. Once the unknown male arrived at the ball-fields, police were contacted. Fluent was concerned that the unknown male may try to cause issues, according to reports. The male left before an officer arrived.

After the officer arrived at the ball-fields on the complaint about the unknown male, an incident that happened earlier in the day involving Miller was discussed.

According to a Washington Police Department report, Fluent told officers that “issues had arisen involving a juvenile throwing bats and helmets. The coach had warned the juvenile several times and the juvenile was not stopping, to the point that another child was struck by the bat the juvenile had thrown.”

The coach, president, vice president and umpire reportedly tried to speak with the mother of the child, Jennifer Miller, about her child being suspended for two games.

“The mother then blew up yelling, cussing and causing a scene,” the report states.

Fluent reportedly informed Miller that she and her child are not allowed back on the ball-field property due to their alleged behavior.

Police said the issue was resolved prior to the officer’s arrival, and that they have not spoken to Miller because it has been resolved.

The Record-Herald contacted Fluent Friday afternoon for comment. Fluent declined comment due to this being an ongoing school district personnel investigation.

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