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Hearing held to discuss firing of former Taylor Co. School Superintendent

(Source: Denise Mosley/WTVM) (Source: Denise Mosley/WTVM)
Dr. Gary Gibson. (Source: WTVM File) Dr. Gary Gibson. (Source: WTVM File)

TAYLOR COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - We want to clarify information in our coverage of a hearing held Friday in Taylor County to discuss a lawsuit over the firing of former School Superintendent Dr. Gary Gibson.

The hearing took place at the courthouse in Butler. The group of concerned citizens is arguing Dr. Gibson was fired for no reason.

According to the Taylor County Board of Education, Gibson's contract was simply not renewed.

We initially reported that Dr. Gibson had hired a relative as a principal in the district.

This was an error. 

Instead, it was School board member Rufus Green, who is accused of hiring his daughter in law as a principal in the Taylor County School District.

The lawsuit argues that because of this alleged nepotism, board member Green should not have been allowed to vote to remove Doctor Gibson from the Superintendent post.

The lawsuit argues Rufus Green's vote to fire Gibson made the final vote 3 to 2 to remove Gibson. The lawsuit argues the board's decision based on that vote should now be voided.

The lawsuit was brought against the school board by more than 200 citizens who argue that Dr. Gibson’s three-year-term was improperly terminated by the board.

The case heads back to court next month. We'll keep you updated on any new developments.

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