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Toombs BOE Votes to Suspend Teacher/Coach
Friday, 08 February 2013

February 8--  In a special called meeting that lasted for more than 4 hours, the Toombs County Board of Education voted unanimously to suspend Toombs Middle School teacher and varsity soccer coach Jimmy Price for 90 days without pay.  In addition, Price is to pay restitution to the Toombs County Board of Education of over $3,500 for funds that are unaccounted for but were under his supervision over the last 2 years.

During the hearing, Price admitted that he could not account for $523 that was missing from a recent candy fundraiser to benefit the Toombs County varsity soccer program.  Upon further investigation by the school system an additional $2,986.77 was unaccounted for from similar fundraisers during 2012 for the soccer program.  Price denied taking any of the money but could not account for its whereabouts.Image   

In addition to the lost funds, Price also admitted to taking a 13 year old male student to the R.T. Stanley Health Clinic to get a physical so that he could play soccer and then left him there without school supervision to return to soccer practice.  The student was at the health care center for approximately 45 minutes without school supervision and without written permission from the student’s parent and without permission or knowledge of the school administration, both a violation of school policy. 

Hugh McCullough, Price’s attorney stated, “He’s made mistakes, there’s no question about that.  And he has violated some of the school policies.  But the question is do we go with somebody who has never had a problem before, and when this crops up, do we go to the most draconian, most severe punishment.” 

After the hearing Price had no comment other than to say he was happy to still have his job.


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