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No job status decision yet on teacher indicted on simple battery charge for incident with student

Gainesville City Schools officials made no decision Tuesday on the employment status of a middle school teacher indicted last week on a simple battery charge involving an incident with a student caught on video.

Joshua Streetman, a teacher at Gainesville Middle School, remains on paid leave with the district, according to incoming Superintendent Jeremy Williams, who officially takes office July 1.

Williams would not say whether Streetman’s status was discussed during a called school board meeting that was mostly spent discussing personnel issues in executive session. The  meeting ended with the approval of a personnel packet which included five employees. Streetman’s name was not in the packet.

“It’s executive session, so I’m not going to discuss anything that was discussed,” Williams said.

Streetman, 25, was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury last week on a charge of simple battery. The indictment alleges Streetman intentionally made “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” against a 12-year-old student.

Asked specifically about Streetman’s status with the school district, Williams said, “It’s a personnel matter. We are still waiting on the judicial process to give us more information.”

Williams said he doesn’t have a timetable for any decision, saying “it’s too early to tell” if the situation will be resolved before the beginning of the school year. Students return Aug. 2.

“That’s why we’re waiting to see what the information is that we receive,” he said. “Then it will allow us to address any situation that needs to be addressed. We’ve got school starting in close to the next month, and so we just want to make sure we have all of our facts before any decision is made.”

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