What could possibly occur during the deposition of fired former Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell that surprises anyone?
Got served with a subpoena for discovery but didn’t bring any of the demanded material. And his attorney was unaware, so that’s always fun.
The man claims the board of education violated its contract with him, defamed him and all of those other things… but he couldn’t be bothered to produce the material he claimed to possess.
Remember when a judge ordered Powell to return district-owned equipment and he didn’t?
It was in his wife’s office but he’s unsure how long. Riiight.
Claims he didn’t wipe his iPad and doesn’t know how to do so. Riiight. Spoiler alert: the board pursued a forensic examination of the equipment because it had been wiped.
And he allowed his wife to keep his wireless internet device owned by the district and paid for monthly with district funds. Despite it neither being issued to her nor being allowed to use the device and the associated service.
He was officially asked by the board of education to return the equipment and to preserve everything, so he can’t claim he acted unaware.
The questioning continued:
Fascinating, isn’t it? The man admitted to recording closed session school board meetings that are… wait for it… closed. Confidential. Private. Without advising anyone he was recording the sessions. Said he also recorded quite a few others in-person and via telephone. And he advised former board chair, Kenney Gulley, he’d done so.
You can tell where this is going, can’t you? Because trust me — it gets way more unethical.
Those videos of school board meetings? We told you all along that he was using district employees and district equipment to record school board meetings for his personal use. According to folks we’ve spoken with in the district, he hasn’t reimbursed for hours and hasn’t paid for the videos.
All of those materials he was ordered to hand over — and his attorney agreed would be handed over — months and months ago? They hadn’t been delivered as of the end of last week.