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Grounded: John de la Howe employee alleges defamation, mistreatment by administration

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On the heels of reports from the state Office of Inspector General and Division of Procurement Services, employee Frank Dorn filed a lawsuit against the S.C. Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe, its president and a teacher.

Editor’s note — The Index-Journal is one of the newspapers collaborating with The Post and Courier on the Uncovered investigative project.

"Might better mind your own tailgate."

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About 1,300 acres of land is seen at the Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe in a drone photo taken April 14.

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Ken Durham, head of facilities at John de la Howe, writes on April 22: “We have nothing to hide.”

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An excerpt from an email John de la Howe President Tim Keown sent to a lawmaker on Feb. 24.


John de la Howe teacher Libby Templeton, left, taught campers how to recognize different cuts of livestock on July 19. Templeton was named in a lawsuit filed by Frank Dorn.

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Tim Keown, president of S.C. Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe, speaks during a Sept. 10 board meeting while chairperson Hugh Bland, left, listens. Neither have responded to questions about whether the school violated state law during closed-door meetings.

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Frank Dorn, then director of agriculture at John de la Howe, feeds a calf in 2018. Dorn has filed a lawsuit against the school, its president and a teacher after he was removed from his post and made assistant director of facilities.

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Contact Managing Editor Matthew Hensley at 864-943-2529 or on Twitter @IJMattHensley.