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This is my point exactly waltspecht. I guess since they did not take action when they clearly had every right...this is the outcome.
You are probably right redneck that Coleman probably advised them that this was not the time to take her job from her, but way back when she flat out refused to participate in the internal investigation...that was the time to show her the door. As an employee, you accept certain things as a condition of your employment, when you decide you no longer want to accept those things, then your employer has the right to no longer employ you! Georgia is an at will work state, DCSS is under no obligation to continue your employment if you violate policy/procedure significant enough to justify your dismissal. The proper thing for the board to do @ this point, b/c it's really been too long since her refusal to cooperate with the internal investigation is to simply re-assign her, NOT disrupt the order and stability that has been in place @ AHS for the last 9+ months. This was just not fair @ all to anyone especially those who have to work and learn at AHS. Coach Horton and Mr. Smith as well as their staff have done an excellent job turning this school around. I am just sorry that a majority of the school board did not have the intelligence to acknowledge and reward your faithful service and progress.
Yeah, she could have sued if they had not taken this action at this time, but way back when she flat out refused to answer questions posed to her by her own employer...yeah, that was the time to do something...now it's a little too little, a little too late for flat out dismissal, but they should have found another place for her, AHS had made so much progress and I think her re instatement will be detrimental to that progress! God Bless you Coach Horton & Mr. Smith for all that you and your staff have done. I hate the powers that be could not see, acknowledge and reward you for the great things that have been done in Dr. Shumate's absence.
@Tonto, according to Atty Tommy Coleman, they could have taken (to use your words "shot" @ her) action as soon as she refused to participate in the internal investigation, which is different from a criminal investigation. Most employers require as a condition of your employment that you FULLY participate in employment inquiries ie answer questions when it comes to allegations of employment misconduct. She refused and I cannot recall Atty Coleman's exact words, but they were to the affect that anyone who refuses to participate in the DCSS in house investigation would be disciplined...so what happened there I don't know, but the whole thing is so unfair to everyone @ AHS who has worked hard to pull this school up only to be jerked around AGAIN by the DCBOE.
I wouldn't take it that far Albanite.
Yes, she was the principal there prior to her re assignment during the crct fiasco. She was re-assigned by Murfree who should have known that during the crct fiasco, she would be removed...ALL of this has created a TERRIBLE interruption and disruption for the teaching and learning environment AND NOW we have yet another interruption and disruption for the teachers, staff, and students. Just when things seemed to have been stabilized and discipline restored...Murfree & school board, this is WRONG on so many levels! Murfree should have considered all of these things when Mrs. Marshall was transferred from Albany High...poor, poor decision making and leadership. The sad thing is that more than likely faculty, staff and students, probably had to learn of this decision through the media. I feel sorry for everyone at Albany High School.
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