GSCSS Board of Education served with lawsuit

STAFF REPORTS :::

The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education was on Monday morning served with a lawsuit by one of its members.

Michael Kendall filed a lawsuit against the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education on Monday, May 11, 2015. In his suit, Kendall, who is also a member of the Board of Education, complains about the process by which the school board is conducting the search for a new superintendent of schools.

The school board had previously agreed to employ the services of Griffin RESA to assist in conducting the superintendent search.  On March 30, 2015, the school board with Kendall in attendance voted unanimously to approve the search process.  The board is currently following the approved process in conducting the superintendent search.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the school board met in a called meeting for the purpose of reviewing the applications that were received as part of the search process.

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Mr. Kendall requested that he be given additional time to review the applications.

Contrary to Kendall’s public statements, arrangements were made for Kendall to have additional time to review the applications.

James Westbury, board chair, stated “It is disappointing that Mr. Kendall has chosen to file this meritless lawsuit against his fellow school board members.  The board is following the procedures in the superintendent search that were unanimously approved by the board members.  When Mr. Kendall asked for additional time to review the applications, the board, in conjunction with Dr. Stephanie Gordy of Griffin RESA, made arrangements to accommodate his request.  The board intends to continue the process of finding the best qualified superintendent to lead our school system and will not allow Mr. Kendall to disrupt the process with this frivolous lawsuit.”

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