Friday, November 9, 2007

Felton talks buyout with Russell board

From the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer today, Sammy Lee Felton, Anniston's former superintendent, interviewed with the Russell County school board to become their next schools chief.

The paper reports Felton addressed questions about his buyout in Anniston this past August. The school board here clashed with Felton over who should be assistant principal at Anniston High School, and the disagreement eventually led to the board terminating his contract. He remains on paid administrative leave until February.

Anniston BOE attorney Jim Campbell told The Star last week that the system would have to pay Felton his buyout package of one year's salary plus benefits regardless of his future employment.

Ledger-Enquirer reporter Sara Pauff writes today that Felton said he did not recommend renewing the contract of Charles Gregory it was not in the best interest of students.

Felton also cited his experience with school construction after the high school was damaged by a May 2006 fire.

Felton is one of five candidates for the top job in Russell County. The final candidate interviews with the board tonight.

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