Dill resigns from RCHS

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By The Staff



Roane County High School principal Robert Dill, who had a complaint filed against him by a former school board member, has resigned.

However, he’s not going anywhere just yet.

Director of Schools Toni McGriff said Dill’s resignation is effective at the end of his contract, which doesn’t expire until after the 2008-09 school year.

McGriff said Thursday that Dill resigned for personal reasons.

“For the best interest of his family,” she said.

Dill took over as head of the Kingston school from Donna Collins, who retired following the 2006-07 school year.

Dill, who moved to the area from Georgia, has been the subject of some controversy during his tenure at the school.

In September, former Roane County Board of Education member Tyler Overstreet and his wife, Laura, filed a complaint against Dill, McGriff, the school board and the county.

The complaint alleged that Dill had their daughter confined to the school office after she was attacked and beaten by another student. While investigating the incident, the complaint alleged that Dill engaged in verbally aggressive behavior toward another student.

The Overstreets also claim their daughter’s right to due process was denied.

The complaint was filed in Roane County Chancery Court, but has since been transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Dill also listed the school address as his home address on his voter registration form, which drew the ire of some school board members.

“I think the presentation of the voter registration is something that we need to take very seriously,” said school board member Kim Nelson after the form was presented to board members at a meeting in September.

“It indicates one of two things, and if it’s false, I want everyone here to be aware that is a Class E felony,” said Nelson, an assistant district attorney.

“It’s voter fraud.”