Henry County School Board starts search for superintendent

Several people were shocked to learn the Henry County School Board suddenly rescinded its job offer to Doctor Timothy Gadson.

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — The Henry County School Board is starting a new search for a superintendent.

During a special meeting Monday morning, the board voted 3-2 to rescind its offer to Dr. Timothy Gadson.

The School Board had just announced Gadson as its pick for sole finalist last month.

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The Board did not give specifics about its decision to rescind the offer, but did issue a statement to Channel 2 Action News.

“The contract demands of Dr. Gadson far exceeded what has been traditionally extended to previous superintendents by way of salary compensation packages,” said Chairman Dr. Pam Nutt.

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Gadson served as an associate superintendent of high schools for Atlanta Public Schools.

Henry County School officials recently held four town hall forums where members of the public could meet Gadson and ask him questions.

“He was well received by the parents, the stakeholders and I just don’t know what the board was thinking this morning,” said Henry County parent Ariel Shaw.

Critics say board members should have had more public input before voting to rescind the offer.

“It was not known to the public, therefore any vote that took place in that meeting, I believe does not need to be counted,” said Shaw.

“What happened was after that executive session closed, they came out and then took the public action to rescind the contract,” said Henry County Schools Spokesman J.D. Hardin.

Henry County’s current superintendent, Rodney Bowler, is retiring, but will remain on the job until the end of September.

School system officials say starting the search over will not impact students as they head into the new school year.

Officials say once the board determines a new finalist or finalists, the public will have another chance to give its input.

School system officials did not have a timetable for completion of the search.