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Robeson, NC

Robeson, NC: (Aug-14-07) Various problems are plaguing the Robeson School, including one, where the school board learned 23 schools may have to offer parents the option of transferring their children to another school based on preliminary test scores. Parents will be able to choose between two neighboring schools at the elementary level, leaving no options in the county for middle schools.

Another situation that the school faced is a discrimination lawsuit filed by Margaret Chavis, Renee Hammonds, and Josephine Locklear, former employees in 2004. The three former employees claimed that they were denied employment because they complained about racial practices. They further alleged that their contracts were not renewed by the school board because they had supported former Superintendent Barry Harding. The women were among 14 employees whose contracts were not renewed in 2003.

In a settlement reached, Chavis, the sister of current Superintendent Johnny Hunt, received $70,823; Hammonds received $45,000; and Locklear $50,000. The school system denied all wrongdoing while agreeing to settle the lawsuit. The system entered into the settlement to avoid the expense and inconvenience of litigation. [FAY OBSERVER: TEACHER DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Aug-15-07


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