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Threats Change Super's Mind
Tuesday, 25 January 2011

January 25--  The day after being hired as interim school superintendent in Montgomery County, Dr. Larry Daniel started receiving telephone threats to him and his family.

Tuesday afternoon he informed the school system he no longer wants the job, according to school board chairwoman Deloris James.

"The Montgomery County interim Superintendent Reggie Roberts contacted me shortly after three p.m. today indicating that Dr. Larry Daniel would not accept the interim superintendent position due to multiple threatening phone calls to himself, his wife and his grandchildren.  As more information becomes available, the Montgomery County Board of Education will release the facts as we know them to the public," James said.

Dr. Daniel has held jobs from teacher to school superintendent in Laurens County and said after his appointment Monday night he was looking forward to helping the Montgomery County school system find savings and continue to educate children.

The board chairperson says it's "despicable" that anyone would intimidate someone being hired to help the schools.

"I'm very shocked and disappointed that someone would stoop to these tactics.  We are in the business of educating our children in Montgomery County and we certainly do not need any such detractions.

To threaten a man is one thing, but to threaten his wife and especially his grandchildren.  I can only imagine how I would feel if my grandchildren were threatened and I would imagine that every other grandparent would feel the same way," James said.

The chairwoman says the school board will have a called meeting Thursday night at six at the elementary school in Ailey discuss the situation, and admits it will make finding a qualified superintendent much more difficult.

"That is a great concern to me.  It will be very hard for us to seat a qualified superintendent with these kind of actions going on," she said. 

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