Read the letter: Four Dems ask Nathan Deal to intervene in Henry County schools

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.

Read the entire letter here:

 

Deal top aide Chris Riley responded late Sunday that the governor is willing to help “if able.”

More from Quinn’s report:

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.

Read more:

Henry County school board unable to negotiate superintendent contract

Henry County board of education pulls contract for new superintendent

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Steve Herring
Steve Herring

He probably thought that the people giving him the job were educated in Henry County and would be stupid enough to give him whatever he asked for. It seems that he miscalculated.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

He is asking for an insane amount of money that has nothing to do with race. I am so sick of this racism card. FIND SOMEONE ELSE ALREADY. THAT NUT WOULD BE MAKING $100,000 MORE THAN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS ANYWAY???

Danette Smith
Danette Smith

God almighty...... big bucks.......... No wonder kids can't get an education.....

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Having sent two kids through Henry County Schools, I completely agree that the county's school system is dysfunctional and fails in its mission to provide a quality education to its children. It has always been a poorly run system. But that isn't because of racism. It's because of a general incompetence that has long grown from a widespread lack of concern for education in Henry County. The board voted 4-1 to make Gadson their finalist for superintendent. He was their choice. And I bet he didn't just change races over night, after having been chosen for the job. I would wager that his insane compensation request disqualified him as a candidate. It certainly should have.

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Ralph, the fact that four out of five of the board members voted for him, as their choice, says that it wasn't racism for at least 80% of the board.

David Fige
David Fige

Ralph Johnson He would be the highest paid School superintendent in the Country by far. Asking for a Million Dollars a year is just crazy. They offered him I believe was $400,000, and It's the highest in the State or at that level.

Virginia Chastain
Virginia Chastain

Nathan Deal needs to keep his nose out of Henry county. He's not on school board

Thad Mayfield
Thad Mayfield

The article and Gov. Deal's tweet read like the request for support could have been handled better, and would love for Georgia Politics News Now could give additional insights.

Katrina Bishop
Katrina Bishop

1/2 a million dollars for a superintendent? Get outta here! Even Gwinnett and Cobb supers don't make that much!

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Might just be time for the voters to start voting fortheir superintendents again.