Henderson County School Board to call for resignation of board member

FILE -- A mug shot of Michael Lee Absher from a May 24, 2017, arrest. (Photo credit: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

News 13 has confirmed the Henderson County School Board will hold a special meeting to publicly request the resignation of board member Michael Absher.

Absher founded a shelter for homeless teenagers called Only Hope WNC. He was elected to his first term on the school board in November 2016.

"I was a homeless student in my senior year in high school," Absher told News 13 in 2013.

He started grassroots fundraisers like the annual Sleep Out, in front of the old courthouse.

Absher gained national attention as a Hero of Fortune 500 last year, and that popularity led to a political push onto the Henderson County School Board.

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But that attention took a turn in late May, when Absher was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Less than two weeks later, an East Henderson High teacher accused Absher of threatening him.

Both charges are misdemeanors, and are scheduled to be heard in court on September 1, 2017.

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On Monday, school board chair Amy Lynn Holt said "We can't condone his actions as a board. We want to move on with our school system, doing what's right for Henderson County Students, and not focus on a board member going to trial."

Absher's attorney Douglas Pearson told News 13, in part: "The citizens' popular vote that clearly elected Mr. Absher should be upheld in accordance with U.S. Constitution, the state constitution, the N.C. General Statutes and each member's oath of office."

Michael Absher is on voluntary leave of absence.

The special board meeting is set for Monday, June 24 at 4 p.m.

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