Randy Hamilton said Tuesday that his wife, suspended Cooke Elementary School Principal Kay Hamilton, came to the decision during a family meeting that she would resign and retire from education. 

Superintendent Tim Miller accepted the resignation shortly after lunch Tuesday, according to a release from the district. Her resignation is effective as of the end of her 2011-12 contract.
Because of her decision, the called Cleburne ISD meeting for tonight has been canceled, according to CISD officials. The meeting was originally scheduled as a hearing for Kay Hamilton to explain her side of the story and to allow for cross-examination between both the principal and the district. 
However, after careful consideration, Randy Hamilton said his wife reached the conclusion that it would be better for her to retire a few years earlier than planned. 
“I said, ‘It’s going to get ugly and too many people are going to get hurt over this,’” Randy Hamilton said. “‘Nobody’s going to come out the winner.’” 
Kay Hamilton was suspended April 9. Administrators made the decision to suspend her after they learned the principal allegedly failed to correctly follow school district lockdown procedures after learning a student had brought an airsoft gun to school. 
A student witnessed an exchange of the Stinger P36 6mm spring-powered pistol between two students, and told Kay Hamilton.
According to CISD reports, Hamilton called the two students to the office. After determining which student was in possession of the pistol, Hamilton asked him to retrieve it, officials said. Hamilton allegedly determined that the gun was a toy and that the students had not brought ammunition to school.
“This could have been handled so easily,” Randy Hamilton said in an interview last week, noting that he wished his wife and the district could have sat down and worked things out.
CISD’s next scheduled board meeting is at 6 p.m. May 21.

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