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DCSS rehires nutrition services director and five teachers

Contracts reissued to five non-tendered teachers; two paraprofessionals terminated

Vanessa Hayes

Vanessa Hayes

ALBANY, Ga. — Vanessa Hayes was rehired as the Dougherty County School System’s child nutrition services director in by the School Board in 4-2-1 vote Wednesday.

Five teachers who had been cited in the state investigators’ report on cheating on 2009 CRCTs also were rehired by the board, while two paraprofessionals were terminated.

The elementary school teachers were Katrice Kegler, who taught at MLK, Tekeela Austin at Sherwood, and Deborah Anderson, Elicia Evans and Trina Faulkner, all at Alice Coachman.

The paraprofessionals were Rosita Oliver and Valerie West.

The rehirings and terminations were unanimous votes by the board.

“After listening to evidence, including interviews of the accused and witnesses, we have found with some we reviewed that we couldn’t find evidence that corroborated what was in the (CRCT) report,” DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman told the board. “It was my recommendation that we should issue five contract renewals to these five (teachers) with the right to revisit should other evidence be uncovered.”

The rehiring of the five teachers means 19 teachers and administrators will have hearings before an administrative tribunal beginning in the first week of August.

Hayes was fired earlier this year in a School Board motion decision made following a motion by board member Velvet Riggins, who has been indicted on fraud charges after authorities said she wrongly obtained reduced-rate or free school lunches for her children.

Board member David Maschke made the motion to reconsider Hayes’ firing

Riggins appeared before a state tribunal appointed by the governor Wednesday. The tribunal will recommend whether Gov. Nathan Deal should remove Riggins from office pending the result of the case.

In today’s vote, Riggins abstained on Hayes’ rehiring. Board members James Bush, Maschke, Melvin Griffin and Anita Williams-Brown voted to rehire Hayes. Darrel Ealum and Carol Tharin voted against the motion.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

OL' VELVET MIGHT WISH SHE HAD ABSTAINED FROM FIRING HAYES IN THE FIRST PLACE. TALK ABOUT FLIPPING THE SCRIPT!!! THINK THE TRIBUNAL LOOKED AT THIS WITH A BAD EYE? VELVET WAS QUICK TO THROW HAYES UNDER THE BUS, BUT NOW SHE'S BACK AND VELVET LIKELY WON'T BE BACK AFTER THE WEEKEND.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

BTW: WHAT DOES A NUTRITION SERVICES "DIRECTOR" DO? IS ONE REQUIRED BY STATUTE OR POLICY? OR IS THIS ANOTHER LAYER OF BUREAUCRACY?

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

No, they actually do quite a lot. They are in charge of ordering all of the food for vendors and keeping up with the inventory at the schools, managing the employees, all of the record-keeping related to the free lunch program, which is a federal program, making sure the menus are under federal guidelines, etc. I can't speak to Ms. Hayes or how DCSS runs things but that is how other systems' school nutrition directors do things.

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VietVet1 1 year, 9 months ago

SOooo, has anyone checked her purchase source? Say a friend getting special orders? Just gotta ask

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

YOU MIGHT GET YOUR WISH ON FRIDAY.

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Happy 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach, do you have the gift of prophecy? It appears that you called this one, hmmmmm.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 10 months ago

Going into this thing I figured that at least half of the guilty would resign, retire or be fired (lacking contracts) before coming before a tribunal. Of the 49 originally named in the report, some 19 have done just that. My math is murky right now but at least 11 have been cleared and will return to work.

That leaves just 17 teachers and two principals to face the August tribunals. Make of these numbers what you will

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Just proves that people need to stop lying on teachers and tell the truth!!!! Those teachers deserve an apology. Right Terry?

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 10 months ago

Not my job to make that decision, coach. I just report the news.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

So how did you really feel when the board basically said, "NOT GUILTY, COME BACK".......

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

THE BOARD DID NOT SAY NOT GUILTY.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

All 17 will win their cases, if it doesn't happen at the initial appeal, it will happen at the Administrative Judge Level. The standards and burden of proof is very tough in a court of law. The defending Attorney's are aware of this, and they know what the end results will be, so get ready to pay.

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straightface 1 year, 9 months ago

ALL REHIRED IS WHAT I AM GOING TO MAKE OF THESE NUMBERS.. IF THEY CAN REHIRE THE ONES BACK THAT ALL SAID I PARTICIPATED IN CHEATING THEN I KNOW ALL THE ONES THA SAYS PROMPT OR DID AS INSTRUCTED ARE BACK IN THERE AS WELL.. THIS IS WHERE THE COMMUNITY REALLY NEEDS TO STEP IN AND SAY SOMETHING.

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VietVet1 1 year, 9 months ago

LOL - I agree with coach - it's all a joke

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Just because I can get a good Lawyer and beat a DUI, doesn't mean I wasn't DUI. Somethings are simply cut and dried. I for one have a hard time believing the Agents documented accusations without proof to back them up. What did they have to gain by doing that?

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

All it means is that there wasn't sufficient proof to go forward with the tribunals against them. Your analogy of the DUI was spot-on. In criminal law, someone is found guilty or not guilty. Just because they are found not guilty doesn't mean that they are innocent, just that there wasn't enough evidence to convict them. Now there are innocent people convicted but that is a fairly small number. I'm not certain what went on with the teachers that were re-hired, so I can't speak to them individually, but there was a reason that the CRCT flagged the tests. They don't just do things randomly to make people's lives miserable.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

49 named and talked about, 17 left and still being talked about. This was about charter schools and it was voted down. My heart goes out to the teachers that were accused of doing their jobs.

Remember this ; Equal Protection under the law, clear one, you must clear them all.

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 9 months ago

Do you really think that is what equal protection means?

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

Good Lord, you really have got to quit drinking from the fountain of Murfree. Realistically look at things presented. I guess your prejudice is showing, isn't it?

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

19 OF THEM ARE ALREADY OUTTA HERE AND STILL TALKED ABOUT. IT'S NOT OVER YET. COMMENT ABOUT THE ONE'S WHO THREW IN THE TOWEL.

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darnette0101 1 year, 9 months ago

I think where the problem came in is that SHE did erase the answers. She only provided the correct ones verbally.

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straightface 1 year, 9 months ago

WHAT IF IT HAD BEEN YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD THAT CAME UP TO HER DESK, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT DONE? OH LET ME GUESS YOUR CHILD TO FAIL!

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 9 months ago

Logical extension... Put all answers on the board for students to copy. Then we can all be happy that our children passed and are prepared for the next step in their educations!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

Hey Coach stop reading just the half of the story you want. They were rehired " with the right to revisit should other evidence be uncovered.” So maybe the Board thinks they may not ALL be lily white innocent if they put in a revisit clause. Sounds like some gray area to me.

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straightface 1 year, 9 months ago

SISTER RUBY HAS NOTHING TO SAY NOW CAUSE THINGS DID NOT GO AS SHE THOUGHT OR PLANNED. I TOLD HER YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILT. THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE SO ALL WILL RE REINSTATED AND PAYED.. DR. MURFEE MOVED A LITTLE TO FAST TRYING TO QUIET THE COMMUNITY.( NOW WE HAVE OPENED OURSELVES UP FOR 7 LAWSUITS WITH MORE PENDING. THANKS MURFEE AND COMMUNITY. NOW WHAT?

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 9 months ago

You took the words right out of sister's mouth.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 9 months ago

They all will get their jobs back, there might be a job left for sister and mrkia.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

Yoo Hooooo...Sister Ruby Tuesday........where are you????

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Sorry everybody.....I was working around the clock at the "Taking Back America" phone bank, calling all those patriotic, hard-working citizens out there on the phone, the ones who work so hard they don't have time to sit around on their computers, don't even have time to read the papers and watch REAL news (not NBC, CBS, ABC etc) to find out how they're being screwed over by the porch-sitters, hand out for government check-ers, shoot in the leg-ers, school lunch stealers, cheat at giving test-ers and get away with it, and so on.

But don't hold your breath because this November will be reckoning day for all that bunch.

Thanks for asking.

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