Former Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Lewis Holloway was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday from his current position as superintendent for the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District in Mississippi. Holloway was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of simple assault by threat.
According to The Commercial Dispatch newspaper of Columbus, Mississippi, Holloway is accused of firing a handgun in the air during a disturbance on Mt. Olive Road in Starkville on Sunday, according to an Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office media release. No one was injured in the incident. Holloway lives on Mt. Olive Road. Authorities said other people involved in the incident signed affidavits against Holloway, which led to a warrant being issued for his arrest Monday.
Holloway served as superintendent in Bulloch County for five years, from July 2007 through June 2012, coming from Athens-Clarke County. He resigned his Bulloch position to accept the superintendent position with the Starkville school district, where he has served since July 2012.
The Bulloch County Board of Education named current Superintendent Charles Wilson to succeed Holloway in July 2012.
Holloway was released after posting a $1,000 bond. He now awaits trial.
In the wake of Holloway's arrest, the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District board held a special called meeting. During executive session, board members voted to put Holloway on leave.
Holloway attended the meeting but declined comment.
Board President Eddie Myles said the school board would await the results of law enforcement's investigation because the incident occurred away from district property and did not involve the district.
Myles said board members don't want to be hasty and that the district ultimately would move on from the incident "with or without" Holloway.