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Meadors files complaint against former Alcovy principal

ATLANTA — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission will decide next month whether to investigate former Alcovy High School principal LaQuanda Carpenter on allegations of purchasing alcohol while on a school trip and misusing school funds.

Jeff Meadors, who is a member of the Newton County Board of Education, filed a complaint with the PSC last month as a citizen.

“I filed this in my capacity as a defendant per litigation discovery,” he said. In October, Carpenter withdrew a pending defamation lawsuit against Meadors that alleged that he commented about her or told others information about her to post on the Newton Citizen website.

The complaint alleges that she breached a code of ethics for educators by being at a school-related activity with students while under the influence of, possessing or consuming alcohol. He said that sworn testimony obtained during discovery of the suit showed consumption and purchase of alcohol by Carpenter on a band trip to Florida in 2010.

In June, after the issue was brought to the attention of Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews, a school system investigation was conducted. Mathews reported that the evidence did not call for any disciplinary action.

Meadors said in the complaint that Mathews investigated another meal other than the one in the complaint.

The complaint to the PSC also alleges that Carpenter misused public or school funds in regard to missing club funds at the school.

Mathews also addressed the missing funds issue in June, saying that school officials should have kept better records, and no evidence suggested that the funds were misused.

John Grant, chief investigator for the PSC, acknowledged that his office has received the complaint, and it will be discussed during the commission’s next meeting on March 14.

He said the commission will review it and determine if they will investigate the matter further. They can make a decision for the school system to investigate the matter, that the PSC will investigate the matter or that there is no probable cause for any investigation.

Carpenter’s last day at NCSS was Feb. 1, after previously being out on maternity leave since November.

Comments

dennistay53 1 year, 6 months ago

Good, They need to get to bottom of these serious allegations. Time to get everything cleaned up at the NCSS

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dennistay53 1 year, 6 months ago

Can anyone tell me where i can get a copy of NCSS executive salary or if you have it please post it here.

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OnToday 1 year, 6 months ago

The public deserves to know the truth. And this stuff is just the tip of the iceberg

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ThePublicGood 1 year, 6 months ago

thank goodness someone on that board did the right thing and reported all of this - Alcovians know so much that needs to come out and we all know what types of investigations Mathews does so PSC PLEASE investigate this.

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Satan69 1 year, 6 months ago

Its about time. Good for him. Go meadors now they can expose this once and for all. The public does deserve to know . Oh this should get good.

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janet 1 year, 6 months ago

go to : open .georgia. gov.

interesting site !!!!!!

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RV30015 1 year, 6 months ago

I support elected officials with guts thank you Mr. Meadors stay the course a silent many support you!

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Tatersalad 1 year, 6 months ago

The tip if the iceberg? So On today are you saying there could possibly be more?

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56vick 1 year, 6 months ago

Is everyone forgetting that Meadors is also part of the problem . I do hope that it all ends up n court so the real truth prevails and not just what a group of disgruntled employees would like everyone to believe . My advice is let sleeping dogs lie ! The Carpenter's are gone .Try to get a life. If things are so bad in Newton County why not try another school system.

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John 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, as a whole the NCSS seems to continually fall below the state average on standarized testing & certain people get real excited about a 1% improvement. I say "one robin does not make spring time" . FYI, I saw my first robin this year Feburary 2. To get back on track, that means at least 51% of the other GA school systems are performing above NCSS. With that being said the entire GA school system rating as a whole is & has been for decades one of the bottom feeders nationally. The taxpayers (State & County) do deserve better.

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MamaTurd 1 year, 6 months ago

Wrongo buddy boy! They were 100000% of the mess not him. Thank God we have an apolitically and impolitically incorrect housecleaner rooting out corruption. I will vote YES for him in 2014 and NO to Splost in 3 weeks!

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dennistay53 1 year, 6 months ago

As John says at least 51% of school systems in Ga performing better than NCSS yet NCSS has the 4th higest millage rates in the state of Ga (per Ga Dept of Revenue) 1. Rochdale at 24.500 mills 2. DeKalb 23.980 ( we know their problems) 3. Muscogee 23.370 4 Newton 21.900

We invest that much into a school system we deserve any hint of wrong doing to be investigated. We don't need to have stuff swept under the rug and come back in a BIG and serious way as happened in Clayton and now happening in DeKalb. As far as if we don't like the school system we can move. We pay the bills and thus have both the right and responsibilty to question possible wrong doings and will continue to do so. When you don't question some gov officials believe they can get by with anything.

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dennistay53 1 year, 6 months ago

The 2008 SPLOST resolution had 100 million dollars worth of projects although the knew they would take in only about 57 million. They are well on there way to bonding (borrowing) 62 million dollars. The extra charges like interest have already gone over 5 million dollars half way through. Don't take my word. Go to opengeorgia.gov and look. So when you approve SPLOST you are approving a lot more than the 1% sales tax. You are also approving debt and funding the rest of the project that SPLOST only starts. In 2010 immediately after SPLOST was improved they raised you millage rate from Appox 18 to 20 mill and added 1.0 bond which has increased to 1.9. There has been a mill or bond increase every year since last SPLOST was approved.

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