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.
McDONOUGH — A federal lawsuit filed by a former superintendent candidate against the Henry C…
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 Weeks later, the BOE rescinded the offer claiming that contract demands made by Gadson “far exceeded what has been traditionally extended to previous superintendents by way of salary and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.