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Board terminates Monroe assistant principal’s contract

Monroe assistant principal had his certification pulled by the Professional Standards Commission.

Former Monroe Assistant Principal Joey James, right, and his attorney, Chris West, sit before a Dougherty School Board administrative hearing in January.

Former Monroe Assistant Principal Joey James, right, and his attorney, Chris West, sit before a Dougherty School Board administrative hearing in January.

ALBANY, Ga. — With three members absent, the Dougherty County School Board voted 4-0 Wednesday at a disciplinary hearing to terminate the contract of Monroe High School Assistant Principal Joey James.

School Board Members James Bush, Velvet Riggins and Milton “June Bug” Griffin were absent from the hearing.

In April 2011, James was charged with two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery against a paraprofessional. At that time, he was the principal at Southside Middle School.

He was suspended twice for a total of 25 days with pay as a result of those charges.

James went on trial for the battery charges in June 2012, but Dougherty County State Court Judge John Salter ruled a mistrial after improper testimony from a witness. No retrial has been scheduled.

In December, the state’s Professional Standards Commission revoked all of James’ teaching certifications and the Dougherty County School System suspended him without pay.

“The facts in this case are simple,” school system attorney Flin Coleman said. “Dr. James has violated the terms of his contract by failing to continue to hold his certification and credentials.

“The board really has no choice but to terminate his contract.”

James’ attorney, Chris West, urged the board to wait until after a hearing before Dougherty Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette on Feb. 6 in which James is seeking a stay of the PSC’s certification revocations.

“This action is premature due to the pending appeal in Dougherty County Superior Court,” West said. “All we are asking is for you to wait until Judge Lockette makes a decision. If the judge turns down the appeal, then Dr. James will voluntarily resign.”

That offer was not good enough for Interim School Superintendent Butch Mosely.

“If at such time (James’) appeal is granted, then we’d take another look at the situation,” Mosely said.

Aside from the sexual battery charges, James could have addition legal issues.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said last week that charges could still be filed stemming from an incident in the Monroe cafeteria where James forcefully broke up a fight between two female students.

Video of the incident is widely available online, including at www.albanyherald.com.

Comments

MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

GRIFFIN, BUSH, RIGGINS AND PIKE. HERE THEY ARE AGAIN, NO, THERE THEY GO, NO WAIT, HERE THEY GO AGAIN; NOT DOING THEIR DUTY. PERHAPS THEY WERE ATTENDING THE DYSFUNCTIONAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ASSOCIATION MONTHLY BANQUET.

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J.D._Sumner 1 year, 10 months ago

Just an FYI, Christopher Pike is an elected member of the Albany City Commission not the Dougherty County School Board.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 10 months ago

It is too complicated to explain to the simple minds around these parts. LOL

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

READ THE ABOVE WHEN IT POSTS, THEN REREAD YOUR OWN. HOPE IT'S NOT TOO COMPLICATED. LOL!!!

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

OF COURSE I KNEW PIKE IS NOT ON THE DCSB. I JUST LUMPED HIM IN WITH THE OTHER CONVENIENTLY MISSING "PUBLIC SERVANTS".

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B4it 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks like we finally have a School Board that will hold employees accountable for failure to conduct themselves according to established standards, and for unacceptable behaviour. Hopefully this will send a strong message for the rest of the School System that it is time to get serious with improving the overall DoCo School system.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

Yep, I love the new make up, from the top down. Just like we like it, people looking at the facts right?

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saveourcity 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder why Bush, Riggins, and Griffin were not there?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

"School Board Members James Bush, Velvet Riggins and Milton "June Bug Griffin" were not present at Wednesday's hearing."

The BULLSCRATCH CONTINUES UNABATED! DERELICTION OF DUTY!! No Show, No Pay.

That being said.....the Temp Super is earning every blessed penny of his payment.

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dmyers80 1 year, 10 months ago

They should not be let off easy, this was a move by Riggins, Griffin, and Bush to keep from having to make the tough decisions!!! Next time vote to terminate them!!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Sounds like three of them had a separate meeting.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 10 months ago

Way to go, DCS Board!! Glad the right thing is finally being done.

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spookj6 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow there are no repercussions for what these kids do in school these days, now what lesson are they teaching kids. On the other situation about the school board I give them a year and watch yall so call school board heroes start jumping ship because it'll be sinking so fast. Do a little research on the acting Superintendent and see why he resigned other job as head of school.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Did you even graduate from school?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Spook, you do realize Dr. James is being called to account for his behavior and not "what these kids do in school"?

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 10 months ago

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

I think bsrn was suggesting that Mr. James drop by the Herald to pick up copies of his photos that he ordered.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

OR MAYBE HE CAN COME DOWN AND PURCHASE A LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION FOR HIMSELF AND ALL OF HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS.

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rorschach 1 year, 10 months ago

Concerning the cafeteria incident, many on this board considered Mr. James a hero at the time it was first reported.

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Thurman 1 year, 10 months ago

The real issue I'm seeing here, or reading here, is that three (3) school board members were absent. No matter whether this was a regularly scheduled meeting or a called meeting they have an obligation to attend. I also would agree that there should be some form of punishment for any school board memebr who does not attend a metting. Base their annual pay on the number of scheduled meetings and do not pay them for any scheduled meeting if they miss that meeting. ALL school board members were elected to represent their constituents from their respective areas, missing meetings is not representation for their constituents.

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mrcvsjr 1 year, 10 months ago

If there is enough signatures, can we have a special election. This is a mockery of the democratic process at its best. @Spook I guess with the board members not showing up, that is teaching the kids, that when it's time to do your job or make a hard decision, then you don't show up. Things have to change for this School System to get better.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 10 months ago

Actually, you can't. The state changed that law in July. Petitions and a referendum are no longer options. The BOE will hold those two public hearings then will likely vote on the closures at the Feb. 11 Board meeting.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Henceforth can we please address the 4 DCSS Board members who showed up on time and did their job as the "Gang of Four Who Have the Backbone to Show Up, Be Decisive, Do Their Job, and Help DCSS Move Onward and Upward". The others? Well I have a name for them but the paper won't print it.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

I also now feel I understand why James Bush stepped down from the chairmanship. It gives him the option of being a "no-show" whenever there is important business to be done which requires some backbone and taking a stand.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

I can't wait to see James in an Atlanta Falcons uniform next year!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 10 months ago

He is a good educator whom the Herald has attempted to ridicule........He will be back.....watch!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, he was trying to give that para some education that was good, I think.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 10 months ago

You might want to contact the Professional Standards Commission and inform them of their obvious error in judgment.

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dickyboy 1 year, 10 months ago

Not in Dougherty County Bubba

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