Paradise ISD head junior varsity football and basketball coach Justin Buchanan, 29, recently resigned after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Buchanan was arrested March 25 by a Jack County Department of Public Safety trooper.
Jack County Sheriff Melvin Mayo confirmed Buchanan, of Decatur, was booked into the Jack County Jail on the misdemeanor charge and later bonded out for $3,000.
Superintendent Monty Chapman confirmed Buchanan’s departure but didn’t offer further details on the resignation or if it was related to any criminal matters. Chapman said state law prohibits the district from discussing personnel matters including reasons for Buchanan’s resignation.
Athletic Director Scott Broussard also confirmed Buchanan’s resignation and said the process to find his replacement has begun. Buchanan was also the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program instructor. His contract ends on the last day of the school year.
According to Chapman, the district is also losing Intermediate School Principal Terry McCutchen.
McCutchen said he was leaving for personal reasons and did not yet have another job lined up.
“It’s the next step in life, and I’m not real sure what God has in store for me,” McCutchen said.
He said his wife is looking to finish nursing school, so his next step might take him to an area where that can happen. His contract is finished at the end of June.
Chapman’s contract and future with PISD could be finalized during the next regular board of Trustees meeting April 21, according to previous statements by board president Homer Mundy and Chapman.
Other unrelated resignations include Stacy Meadows, executive director of instructional design, and third-grade teacher Ashley Morrow.
Chapman said several employees are retiring including cafeteria worker Billie Lester, cafeteria manager Peggy Hoots, district technology director James Grisham and Paradise Elementary School music teacher Lynn Morris.