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Georgia PSC won't investigate former Alcovy principal

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Professional Standards Commission won't 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 in January as a citizen based on what he learned through litigation discovery. 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.

Meadors' complaint alleged that Carpenter 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 while on a band trip to Florida in 2010. The complaint also alleged that she misused public or school funds in regard to missing club funds at the school.

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

The PSC voted Thursday on the complaint, deciding that there was no probable cause to investigate any further.

Carpenter's last day at NCSS was Feb. 1, after previously being out on maternity leave since November. The Newton County Board of Education paid Carpenter and her husband Dennis Carpenter, who was deputy superintendent of Operations, nearly $70,000 as part of a settlement agreement after both submitted letters to NCSS requesting release from their contracts.

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Eyeball 1 year, 7 months ago

Jeff Meadows is catering to the right wing Republicans in Newton County. Jeff Meadows is trying to position himself for public office. The citizens of Newton County deserves qualified educated leaders on the BOC. He with all of his negative rhetoric is like a cancer for this community. Hopefully, he reads this since it appears he is aware of what is written in the newspaper.

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UGAFan 1 year, 7 months ago

Do you propose we we use Dekalb or Clayton as examples of a "How To" for running a education system? For the record Eyeball, Meadors is an active memember of the BoE not BoC.

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eyewitness 1 year, 7 months ago

i think if filing this complaint is what it took to send the real cancer out of the system then in my opinion good for him - i think he tells the truth - i think he states fact - just ask Hunter Hall - facts so truthful that he jumped up and down in public about that very truth - keep telling the truth it is the only way to turn things around - truth - choice and the American dream - i love to read his work and learn something each time and i am a Democrat

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Frustrated 1 year, 7 months ago

okay first who is Jeff Meadows and second I didnt know Jeff Meadows was on the Board of Commissioners. Get your facts straight. Although I do agree with your statement about qualified educated leaders on the BOC.

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Covingtonian 1 year, 7 months ago

"The PSC voted Thursday on the complaint, deciding that there was no probable cause to investigate any further." Maybe this will put the issue to rest but I doubt it.

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dennistay53 1 year, 7 months ago

I think we now need to concentrate on Open Meetings Violations of certain members of the school board. Stay Tuned.

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Billy 1 year, 7 months ago

The board probably wants to wash their hands of this person, not have anything to do with her past this point, regardless of whether there was any merit to the charges. I'm glad she's gone; she was not an asset to the school system or the students. That anyone would defend her is more shocking...

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dennistay53 1 year, 7 months ago

First, Jeff Meadors is already in Public Office as he is a member of the Board of Education. Second ,Since when did wanting a good school system idea belong only to right wing republicans? 3rd the Carpenters are already gone and out of state, thus no need to pursue this.

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