Four Democratic state lawmakers are asking Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, to intervene with the Henry County school system over its failure to sign a new superintendent to a contract. From my AJC colleague Chris Quinn:
Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur; penned a letter co-signed by Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex; Rep. Pam Stephenson, D-Decatur; and Rep. Demetrius Douglas, D-Stockbridge, asking Gov. Nathan Deal to intervene in the situation.
They say the confusing series of events surrounding the proposed hiring of Timothy Gadson, a former Atlanta school official, and the failed contract negotiations show evidence that Gadson was not hired because he is African American….
“The school board is dysfunctional and polarized racially,” Jones wrote.
It has three white and two African American members and a white chairwoman.
Deal top aide Chris Riley responded late Sunday that the governor is willing to help "if able."
Gadson requested a salary of $275,000 plus 10 percent annuity each year, for a total of $302,500, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an Open Records Request. That falls within the range of other metro Atlanta superintendent salaries.
The previous superintendent made $213,000 in 2016.
But with additional expenses, Gadson’s total requests were close to $550,000 more than the original offer, the documents show.