2011-07-07 / Local & State

CF Teacher Dismissal Hearing Up In The Air

Snafu regarding advanced hearing notice causes delay
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A hearing pertaining to the possible dismissal of a Central Fulton School District teacher was delayed last week after the school board and administration encountered a snafu of sorts in notifying the staff member of the impending meeting.

All nine board members and administration were joined by solicitor Jim Schall and a court reporter last Tuesday evening for the 7 p.m. special meeting in the district conference room. Not on hand for the hearing was the affected teacher, who has only been identified in discussions as a female instructor.

Attorney Schall announced that the board was unable to conduct the hearing on June 28 as statute requires the teacher be given a 10-day notice. The district did send notice via registered mail on June 15, which would have enabled the teacher to receive official notice a short two days later. According to Schall, however, the mail was not picked up at the post office until June 22, thereby reducing the advanced notification time to six days.

For the purpose of recording the evening’s events, Schall instructed the court reporter to include in her report that the teacher had failed to appear.

The board and administration went on to discuss various ways the staff member could be notified, including certified mail, regular mail and even being served papers by a local constable.

The board tentatively set the follow-up hearing for Tuesday, July 12, which has since been cancelled. The possibility exists that the meeting could be rescheduled for a later date. The hearing would remain open to the public unless otherwise requested by the teacher.

In the event she is not in attendance at the hearing, district Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft told the “News” the board will still be able to move forward with conducting the hearing. The teacher, he added, has not been relieved or dismissed from her duties as of this point. She was previously on a six-day suspension with pay. There will not be any back pay issued as Central Fulton teachers do not receive paychecks during the summer months, he concluded.

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