070420_HDH_LawsuitUpdate

McDONOUGH — A former candidate for superintendent of Henry County Schools has been awarded $800,000 in the settlement of a federal lawsuit against the school system.

The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by Dr. Timothy Gadson in June 2019 alleging race discrimination, retaliation and defamation by the school district.

The settlement awards $800,000 to Gadson as “compensation for general compensatory damages and attorneys fees.” According to the district, the terms were negotiated between the school system’s insurance company, Liberty Mutual, and Gadson’s representation.

The agreement also states Henry County Schools denies all allegations asserted by Gadson in the lawsuit; dismisses any future civil action; and agrees Gadson will not apply for future employment with Henry County Schools.

In June 2017, Gadson was named the sole finalist for the superintendent position by the Henry County Board of Education. Weeks later, the BOE rescinded the offer claiming that contract demands made by Gadson “far exceeded what has been traditionally extended to previous superintendents by way of salary and compensation packages.”

School board members Joshua Hinton, Pam Nutt and Holly Cobb were also named as defendants in the case; however, they were dismissed from the lawsuit and were not parties to the settlement.

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LSanna

Did you not see what he wanted? This was not a black or white issue, this was a greed issue. His salary would have given him a car, more paid days off than any superintendent ever in Henry County, all sort of expenses paid. It was ridiculous. I wouldn't want any public servant being paid as much as he wanted. He would have been paying him to sit on his butt at the beach. Stop crying racism where there's none.

Dr. Pam

This is why Henry County Schools keeps getting away with discrimination and the overt racism that is so deeply rooted and prevalent in the school system and county. This highly qualified Black person cannot apply for another position in the system again and Henry County Schools gets to deny that they are racist, after white school board members met with white people in the community in secret meetings to discuss rescinding Dr. Gadson’s offer based on the the amount of melanin in his skin. What is the percentage of Black people employed in professional positions compared to the number of Black students attending school in the school district? What is the percentage of Black and white school system administrators in the district? What is the percentage of Black students compared to white students who have been identified as gifted in the school system? Look at how the criteria for the Gifted Program appear to be different for Black and white students. Look at the discipline infractions and compare how Black and white students are disciplined differently for the same infractions. Black students are disciplined more severely than white students for the same infractions. This has to stop. How much longer are we going to be allow this behavior to continue? I believe that federal and state funding should be pulled until they address the racism problem and I am very disappointed that this is another incident of overt racism that they get to “sweep under the rug”. I am so angry and disappointed that if they don’t take steps to correct systemic racism in the county/school district, I am going to file a complaint with the United States Department of Justice. There has to be drastic, noticeable actions taken or come January 2021 I will be filing a complaint for civil rights violations. They do not need Black and other people of color tax money if they do not do right by us and our children.

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