What exactly is going on here? Someone is lying. The story goes that Dr. Atkinson asked Ron Ramsey to present a ‘deal’ to former (RIFFED) employees who are suing the district. The deal basically said that if the plaintiffs dropped their request to see Dr. Atkinson’s text messages, they could have their jobs back (the offer covered something like 11 people). But Dr. Atkinson says she did and said no such thing and that she has no such text messages. Ron Ramsey says she did. Ramsey also apparently asked for and was granted a different (perhaps demoted) position in the school system.
Watch the video report here:
As Richard Belcher points out, and as you may recall, Dr. Walker and the majority voting block on the board added a clause to Dr. Atkinson’s contract making it difficult to break. They basically increased the board approval to remove her from her post ‘for convenience’ at a super-majority vote of 7. If that occurs, Atkinson is released with a $275,000 buyout. However, apparently, the easy out is to fire her ‘for cause’, which only requires a simple majority of 5. In this scenario, Atkinson gets no payout.
Make no bones about it. This is a showdown. Someone is lying. Perhaps Atkinson is guilty of wrangling some kind of deal or perhaps she is being set up. Pay attention. This isn’t going away. In fact, it may all come to a head over the break – before our new board members even take their chairs. We’ll see.