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School Superintendent Fired

Birmingham, AL: (Mar-26-08) Stan Mims, former Superintendent of the Great City Schools, brought a lawsuit against the Birmingham Board of Education, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated. The suit stated that Mims was fired early in March 2007, without severance pay, after being accused of altering a report critical of the school system before distributing it to the public.

The report was compiled by Gude Management, over an enrollment projection analysis that recommended which schools the board should close and consolidate. The Council of the Great City Schools report, which Mims was accused of altering, was basically an audit of the school system's financial and administrative functions. Sources said that the report was critical of the school system's management, and that Mims deleted the most critical portions of the report.

As part of a settlement reached between the two sides, sources reported that the Birmingham Board of Education agreed to pay Mims $75,000 as severance pay. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the board also agreed to let Mims resign instead of being fired, stating that the board will give Mims a neutral reference to potential employers. The deal stipulates that Mims's resignation will become effective April 2, and he will be paid his regular salary until then. [THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS: BOARD, MIMS SETTLE DISPUTE]

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Published on Mar-30-08


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