Worth Co. Superintendent responds to NAACP call for resignation

Worth Superintendent responds to NAACP call

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - Worth County Board of Education Attorney Tommy Coleman said there is no evidence in the allegations against Worth County School Superintendent Bill Settle.

Monday, the Worth-Sylvester Chapter of the NAACP called for his resignation.

Superintendent Setttle released a statement Tuesday saying it was difficult to defend himself against the NAACP call because of the vagueness of the accusation.

Worth Co School Board attorney speaks on NAACP call for superintendent resignation

Worth County Board of Education Attorney Tommy Coleman says there is no evidence in the allegations against Worth County School Superintendent Bill Settle. That after the Worth-Sylvester Chapter of the NAACP called for his resignation.

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Worth County School Superintendent Bill Settle responded with this:

“I do not see where it is fair to our students or staff to levy such charges out-of-the-blue without any prior communication with myself or the Board of Education.”

Worth County Schools Lawyer Tommy Coleman said there isn't enough evidence in the NAACP's allegations.

“Matters outlined in the statement by these folks are not actionable, other words it didn’t provide you with enough information on what the incident was and what to do about it,”said Coleman.

Tommy Coleman. (Source: WALB)
Tommy Coleman. (Source: WALB)

We spoke with one member of the board who said he still agrees with the NAACP’s allegations.

“I get the complaints and like I said nobody is satisfied with him right now,” said Melvin Jefferson, a member on the board.

Coleman explained that the school board would have to fire Settle, if they all agreed to.

According to Jefferson, he said he would vote to have Settle removed from that position.

Coleman said the NAACP would have to provide more than what this there now.

“Nobody has filed anything or made any inquiry about it or thought to have any disagreement or alleged inappropriate conduct by anyone,” said Coleman.

The NAACP mentioned an issue with a parent in their statement that both Coleman, and Settle responded too.

“There was some mention of discipline of children because that’s a difficult matter. It’s not something for public discussion to be honest about it because these children have privacy rights,” said Coleman.

We reached out to the president of the NAACP Tuesday about why they didn’t reach out to the superintendent before calling for his resignation. He responded by saying they wanted to focus on helping the parent in the case mentioned in the release.

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