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CKHS band director resigns

James Hammontree, the band director at Central Kitsap High School, has resigned from his job, according to Central Kitsap School District spokesperson Laurie Cizon.

Hammontree was placed on administrative leave in May after a student accused his father, Thomas Jefferson Jackson, of inappropriate conduct. Jackson was a band volunteer.

The allegations stemmed from an off-campus encounter with a male CKHS student.

Hammontree will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of this month. He is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

In the meantime, however, Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate his father for questioning. In the course of the investigation, deputies discovered Jackson was a convicted sex offender in the state of California.

School district protocol requires that any school volunteer who will have unsupervised time with students undergo a background check. In Jackson’s case, the background check was not performed when he became a volunteer three years ago. When the background check snafu was discovered last month, the district performed a Washington state background check but nothing that would have interfered with him volunteering was discovered.

No charges have been filed against Jackson in connection with last month’s allegations. Officials are still looking for him so he can be questioned.

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