UPDATE (1/20/22 – 2:50 p.m.) — Superintendent Dougherty just posted to Facebook, letting the public know Adam Cherry was a night custodian who served the Taylorville School District since Aug. 2019.

According to Dr. Dougherty, when Cherry showed up for his shift Wednesday night, he was apprehended by Taylorville Police and taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine.

“We do not condone bad behavior anywhere in our schools and removed him immediately from our campus,” Dr. Dougherty stated. “We are following the protocol set forth by district policy which leads to termination.”


TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A 38-year-old man was recently arrested in connection to an investigation on a current employee who brought methamphetamine into the Taylorville High School and used it while on duty.

Taylorville Police and the Taylorville School District administrative staff started an investigation about two weeks ago.

The investigation ended Wednesday when Taylorville Police along with K9 conducted a traffic stop. Officers said Adam Cherry of Rosamond was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia before he entered the school. Cherry admitted that he used those during work hours inside the school. Police said he acted alone.

Taylorville School District Superintendent was notified and Cherry was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay according to Dr. Chris Dougherty.

Anyone with questions regarding policy and procedures in regards to the School District can call 217-824-4951.