School Board Suit

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

The Bay District School Board could make a potential settlement a week from today with a former Shaw Adult Center principal.

Dr. Jerry Long is suing the board because he says Superintendent James McAlister violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by declining to renew him as principal in 2005.

Investigations showed long used Bay District School's credit cards to buy beer and rent vehicles; cursed in front of employees and students; as well as sexually harassed female employees at Shaw.

Long has been reportedly diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but has since been treated and deemed capable of returning to work.

He is currently working as a teacher at Harris High School, but is suing for $20,000 dollars in lost salary and restitution.

Although the board is looking at a settlement, they're standing behind McAlister’s personnel recommendation.

School Board Lawyer Franklin Harrison explains, "It's always been the School Board's position and it remains our position that we did nothing wrong and he's not entitled to reinstatement to any job he was in before. We have maintained all along before the suit was filed and after the suit was filed that there was no discrimination on the A.D.A. or any other type of discrimination."

None of the board members were able to comment on Wednesday night’s executive session, but the information will be discussed November 15th at a special board meeting at 11AM.

Board Member Steps Down
Wednesday was the final board meeting for Chairman Thelma Rohan.

After eight years of service to the board she is stepping down.

She will remain a board member until November 20th. After that, a new chairman will be named.

There are unconfirmed reports that she plans to run for superintendent.

That election is two years away.


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