The Muscogee County School District has disclosed the non-classroom position where it reassigned the teacher who used the N-word while trying to teach three fourth-graders not to use racial slurs.
The 16-year educator, who was teaching at Reese Road Leadership Academy when the Sept. 1 conversation with three 9-year-old girls sparked this continuing controversy, is now an “assessment facilitator” in the Programs for Exceptional Students, which is MCSD’s special-education department.
“The job of PES Assessment Facilitator was developed to provide student psychological assessment administrative support to the Program Manager for Psychological Services, and to provide assistance in short-term projects for the Department of Programs for Exceptional Students.”
The person in this position reports to the department’s executive director, which is being filled on an interim basis by retired Reese Road principal Jeanella Pendleton.
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MCSD superintendent David Lewis told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email, “The teacher meets all specified requirements for the position, one of which is teacher certification, and therefore she is paid on the Georgia Teacher Salary Schedule. Her current compensation is the same as it was at the beginning of this contract year, which is $52,326.”
The administration disclosed the position after Muscogee County School Board member Frank Myers of District 8 threatened that he would make motions at Monday night’s meeting to fire any official who prevents MCSD from fulfilling his open records request. The teacher’s new job description and salary are among the information the Ledger-Enquirer also requested.