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Henry Clay principal suspended for 2 days after drinking a beer during dinner on school trip

Henry Clay Principal Greg Quenon, shown watching as Henry Clay and Lafayette played in the 11th Region boys basketball tournament in March, was suspended without pay for two days for having a beer with dinner while on a school trip.
Henry Clay Principal Greg Quenon, shown watching as Henry Clay and Lafayette played in the 11th Region boys basketball tournament in March, was suspended without pay for two days for having a beer with dinner while on a school trip. Herald-Leader

A two-day suspension in June for Henry Clay High School Principal Greg Quenon was noted in a routine personnel report at Monday's Fayette County school board meeting.

Quenon, in a statement Tuesday, said the suspension was because he drank a beer at dinner with his wife during a trip to a Florida cheerleading competition. Quenon said he was not in the presence of students or supervising them at the time.

"In February I attended the national cheerleading competition in Orlando along with a group of students from Henry Clay," Quenon's statement said.

"While there, I went out to dinner with my wife one evening after the students had gone to bed and I had a beer with my meal," the statement said. "I also had a beer with my wife in the hotel bar on a different evening. Although I was not supervising students at the time, I understand my responsibility to be above reproach and to abstain from alcohol while on a school trip. I deeply regret my actions and assure everyone in our school community that it will never happen again."

The district personnel report didn't provide details, and Superintendent Tom Shelton said Tuesday he could not comment on a specific personnel matter.

The suspension without pay was June 27 and 30, Shelton said.

Shelton said the last time a Fayette County principal was suspended was in 2011.

Quenon, who returned to work after the suspension, became principal at Henry Clay on July 1, 2012. Before that, he was principal at Tates Creek Middle School for six years, Shelton said.

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