The suspension of Kenan James, a social studies teacher and longtime girls soccer coach at Forbush High School, was changed to unpaid by the Yadkin County school system on Tuesday.

James, who has been at Forbush since 1999, was suspended with pay in late May while the school system investigated allegations of inappropriate communication.

Boomer Kennedy, the principal at Forbush, said the inappropriate communication was with a female student, who was not a girls soccer player at the school.

Dr. Todd Martin, the superintendent of the Yadkin County Schools, emailed the Journal on Tuesday afternoon, saying James had been suspended without pay.

“Mr. James was employed as a teacher in the Yadkin County Schools on August 1, 1999,” the email from Martin said. “The employment of public school teachers in North Carolina is subject to the provisions of North Carolina General Statute § 115C.325. Pursuant to § 115C-325, Mr. James was suspended with pay on May 23, 2018 and this was converted to a suspension without pay on June 19, 2018.”

Kennedy said he was not at the meeting with Martin and James on Tuesday morning.

“From what Dr. Martin has told me, all it means is, if you have a suspension with pay, I think you have like 30 days before you have to make a decision one way or the other to either reinstate or to terminate,” Kennedy said. “So I think you do a suspension without pay then I think you have five (business) days, the Central Office, the school office has five days to make a decision to either terminate or to a long-term suspension, or to reinstate.”

Kennedy said he thought there would be a resolution soon.

“I would think by the end of this week we’ll have a resolution,” Kennedy said.

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