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.”

Always nice to read the letter in the press before receiving it in the Governor’s Office! @GovernorDeal is always willing to help, if able.

— Chris Riley (@ChrisRiley__) July 16, 2017

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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