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.