By MATT BLOIS
UPDATED 3/28 at 5:40 p.m.
Williamson County School Superintendent Mike Looney underwent surgery on Tuesday. A tweet from the school district says he is currently recovering and in good spirits.
Update regarding Dr. Looney: Dr. Looney underwent major surgery today and is currently recovering. He is in good spirits and wants WCS team members and students to know that he expects great performance in his absence.
— WCS (@WCSedu) March 27, 2018
Looney started a period of medical leave on Friday. He recently learned that he has a tumor in his pancreas, and is undergoing treatment. The district hasn’t announced when they expect him to return. While Looney is gone, Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden will take his place.
Looney was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday morning, March 27 to face an assault charge. His attorney and the assistant district attorney prosecuting him agreed to change the court date to April 25. The agreement regarding changing his court date, which was filed last Friday, did not mention his surgery specifically.
Looney is accused of assaulting a student at Franklin High School. Police say that he grabbed a student out of a chair and brought her to his car. The student was having a psychological emergency, and the district released a statement saying that Looney was trying to help the student. Looney denied the allegations of assault.
The Williamson County School Board reviewed security video of the incident and decided not to suspend or fire Looney over the incident. The district has not released the video to protect the student’s privacy, and it has not described what happened at the school.