ALBANY -- Gwendolyn Baker-Alford will have to wait at least 20 more days to learn the outcome of her complaint against Monroe High School Principal Valerie Thomas.
At a hearing before the Dougherty County School Board Wednesday at Live Oak Elementary, Baker-Alford's attorney Maurice King claimed that Thomas had exceeded her authority by changing Baker-Alford's position.
Baker-Alford filed the complaint in June after being moved by Thomas back into an English classroom after spending two years as an instructional leader at Monroe.
"The principal is not authorized to change the action of the School Board, which is actually her employer," King said. "We want her given back the position to which she was approved. The process has not been followed.
"We are simply asking that the Board to do the right thing and follow the law."
School Board attorney Tommy Coleman contended that Baker-Alford's contract listed her as a Teacher/Instructional Leader. As principal, Thomas does have the authority to move Baker-Alford within the high school, Coleman said.
"She (Baker-Alford) is a teacher, not an administrator," Coleman said. "The principal had a need for a teacher and filled that need. The Board does not have to approve that action."
An abbreviated School Board, missing David Maschke, Velvet Riggins and Chairman James Bush, then went into executive session, emerging 35 minutes later to announce a final decision had been delayed.
The Board now has 20 days to resolve the matter.