Prariland Board of Trustees
2:08 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Prairiland ISD trustee set to resign over alleged attack on teacher

Trustee Lowell Gillie's attorney, Mike Mosher, says, "He plans to resign. Why put up with this hassle for a voluntary position?"

Gillie, who's wife teaches at Prairiland, and who's two children attend the school, has been censured by the board of trustees Monday after an alleged incident involving a physical attack on a school teacher at the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show.

In addition to censure, the board resolution instructs the administration to cause a notice of trespass be served on Gillie, excluding hime from attendance at all school-sponsored events for a period of one calendar year, according to a story by the Paris News.

However, it seems the board isn't interested in removing Gillie, and in fact couldn't, unless he chose to resign. A public officer may only be removed for incompetency, and even then the motion would require a petition to the station attorney general (or the county/district attorney could petition a district court for a hearing.

PISD Superintendent Jeff Ballard claims he's not yet received Gillie's letter of resignation.

Lowell Gillie, a Prairiland graduate, owns and operates Gillie Insulation. He was elected to the board in May 2009.  His wife, Michelle, teaches Reading Recovery at Blossom Elementary. They have 2 children, a girl-Bailey that attends Prairiland High School and a boy-Bonner that attends Prairiland Jr. High.