NASD to grant post-termination hearings for ex-superintendent

Published 12:03 am Monday, June 6, 2016

NATCHEZ — The former Natchez-Adams School District superintendent will be granted two post-termination hearings beginning later this month.

The board of trustees was recently briefed in executive session to talk about legal matters, and board attorney Bruce Kuehnle Jr. said the topic was Frederick Hill’s upcoming hearing.

Board members would not comment specifically on the nature of the hearing. President Amos James Jr. said post-termination hearings typically involve former staff seeking to be compensated or even to get his or her job back.

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Hill’s first hearing will be on June 28, and the carry-over meeting will be on July 7.

The former superintendent was fired after being found liable in federal court for creating a racially hostile work environment for former West Elementary School principal Cindy Idom, who left her position with the school.

The court granted Idom a $668,000 judgment in September. Idom’s attorneys and the district ultimately settled for $625,000 in April. Much of that will be paid for through NASD’s insurance, but it will still cost the district approximately $127,500.

Hill had been seeking employment in the Columbus Municipal School District to be the high school’s next principal, and the Columbus superintendent had placed Hill’s hiring on the consent agenda during an early April meeting of the board. However, a board member tried to vote on Hill specifically because of the controversy surrounding him. The motion did not pass nor did a motion to approve the agenda, so the specially called meeting was canceled.

On April 22, the board approved promoting Columbus High School assistant principal Lori Cargile to the position.

This past summer, Hill was one of the six finalists to interview for the superintendent position in Flint, Mich.

“I have not heard anything about his job status,” James said. “I haven’t been keeping up with him.”