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Toombs BOE Reaches Agreement With Price
Monday, 18 March 2013

March 18--  The Toombs County Board of Education has avoided a Superior Court hearing by reaching an out-of-court settlement with one of its teachers.

In February the school board suspended social studies teacher and soccer coach Jimmy Price for 90 days without pay and ordered him to repay $3,509.77 in funds missing from school candy sales and concession stand sales at soccer games.

Price appealed to the Georgia Board of Education because state law limits a suspension to 60 days.  He also obtained a temporary injunction in Toombs County Superior Court preventing the school board from conducting a second hearing to reconsider its earlier ruling.  

A hearing to make the injunction permanent had been scheduled for February 21.

Price's attorney, Hugh McCullough of Glennville, says the two parties have reached agreement stipulating that Price's suspension is reduced to the legal limit of 60 days and that he will make restitution of the missing money.

McCullough also says his client has never been accused of stealing the funds but does admit to "lax management" of how the funds were collected and accounted for.

In other Toombs County school board news, the board awarded a contract at its March meeting for site preparation for the new Toombs County High School.

Karl Owens' OCS, Incorporated of Vidalia submitted a low bid of $692,872 to ready the land adjacent to the current high school location for the new school.

School Superintendent Dr. Kim Corley reports she is awaiting receipt of state funding allotments for next year so she can complete the school system's budget.  She's hopeful there'll be no need for job cuts nor furloughs.  At the same time, she's not ruling out a property tax increase if needed.  Dr. Corley notes Toombs County has one of the lowest school property tax rates in the state and may be forced to relook the situation if the state continues cuts to the system's allocation.

Dr. Corley also reports all of the school systems teachers and para-professionals have obtained highly quaified status in their subject areas and that Toombs County High School has been named an "AP Challenge School" for offering advanced placement classes to its stuents in all academic areas.

The school board also saluted Toombs County High School wrestler Xavier Horne for winning the state AA wrestling championship in his weight classification.

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