FYN has learned that the Gilmer County Board of Education will vote Thursday night at the regular meeting to discontinue Superintendent Bryan Dorsey’s contract.
In its last official act in December of 2012, the previous BOE gave Dorsey a three year contract. The 2012 BOE consisted of Kathy Jones, Foster McArthur , Michael Parks, Michael Bramlett, and Gary Hyde. The only members that remain on the 2013 BOE are Gary Hyde and Michael Bramlett. In 2013 James Waters, Angie Thomas, and Jim Parmer were elected to serve on the board. So the 2012 BOE gave Dorsey an extension, and the 2013 will vote to let him go.
FYN spoke to BOE member Jim Parmer. Parmer told us that Dorsey’s contract ran until December 2015. It will cost a $359,000 to buy him out. When asked if this was the right thing to do considering the enormous cost to the taxpayers, Parmer said,
“For the children, the staff and the community of Gilmer county it is worth every penny.”
When we asked what happened Parmer told us that they just wanted to go in a different direction than the superintendent was leading them. Other sources tell FYN that this decision was a result of Dr. Lisa Schlabra’s resignation last Friday. No other reason was given.
FYN spoke to Gary Hyde. Hyde told us that he was unaware of this decision. He learned of Dorsey’s termination when he received a phone call from Dorsey telling him what had happened. Hyde told us this was a big mistake and had all the possibilities of a disaster, and he felt this could be devastating to the education system in Gilmer. Hyde told us Dorsey has done a good job guiding Gilmer county schools through tough economic times. He went on to say this was the smoothest start to the school year he could remember and this decision was uncalled for, his concern is the children. A source tells FYN Bramlett was unaware of the decision to terminate Dorsey. We will continue to investigate.
How does Mr Palmer think this is good for our county. Evidently he had no reason to fire Mr Dorsey or we would not have bought his contract out. Why would it be smart for us to spend 359 thousand to buy out Dorsey and then more to pay another super over our system. To me, a common taxpayer it is a waste of my money. And if it occurred without Mr Bramlett, Mr Hyde and Mr Waters, I wonder who wrote the 359 thousand dollar check and signed it. To me it looks like Palmer head hunting Mr. Dorsey over Oakland school. Unless Palmer has charges to bring against Dorsey to put our 359 thousand back in the bank or hire Dorsey back. Other than that maybe we need a recall of Mr Palmer and his waste of out tax money.
Why does the headline mislead? They didn't fire him. They offered him a 359,000 dollar paid vacation at the expense of the Gilmer county taxpayers. Who wouldn't jump at that? The new board members had a majority, what damage (if any) could Dorsey do?? Thanks Parmer and your puppet (Waters) you've made sure you will not be voted back into the BOE.
for those interested FetchYournews has all the past goings on of the newly displaced superintendent. This is my favorite and some of you may not be aware of what led up to today's decision- read this before deciding on whose shoulders you are laying the blame.
Dorsey already had a contract in place until December of 2014. THREE of the five school board members were being replaced by county vote on January 1, 2013. The Board chair Ms. Kathy Jones spearheaded the extension of Dorsey's contract to which incoming but not currently serving board member Parmer objected. Kathy Jones told Parmer- "we're in control now" and they voted the extension through. On January 1, 2013 three board members were replaced by new members. The NEW members- Parmer included- had nothing to do with the extension of Dorseys contract and in fact, tried to stop it.