Holliday Finally Approved Powell’s Termination & Board Cut 20+ Jobs

Last night the Montgomery County Board of Education met in a special session to accept Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s letter approving the termination of former superintendent Joshua Powell. Yes, after allowing Joshua Powell to collect a paycheck for an extra month, Holliday finally took action.

In addition to officially firing Powell, the board voted to give him unpaid leave and granted him the opportunity to have a due process hearing on June 16, 2015.

What really fired the community up, though, was the move to abolish more than 20 positions within the school district. Those jobs, you’re guessing correctly, are currently filled by people who have been implicated or directly involved in Joshua Powell’s myriad schemes.

Here’s the list:

  • Administrative Coach
  • Assistant Director of Special Projects
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Director of School Improvement
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Exceptional Children Support Specialist
  • Half-Time Homebound Teacher
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Special Education Secretary
  • 4 Assistant Athletics Directors, 3 at High School, 1 at Middle School
  • Director of Special Projects — Anna Powell
  • Director of Public Relations — Kristi Carter
  • Director of Student Services/Assistant Superintendent — Phil Rison
  • Special Education Consultant — Dena Amburgy
  • 4 District Curriculum Specialists
  • Lead Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • All School Administrative Managers (SAMs)

Here’s a short video, cut down for time, of the meeting:

There’s more where that came from.