Frank Myers alleges school board member Athavia Senior ditched campaign promises so daughter got teaching job | Education | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Frank Myers alleges school board member Athavia Senior ditched campaign promises so daughter got teaching job | Education | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Frequent Muscogee County school board critic Frank Myers alleges a board member he recruited to run for office last year scuttled her own campaign promises in return for the district’s hiring her daughter.

His accusing District 3 representative Athavia “A.J.” Senior of being swayed in her board decisions by her daughter’s hiring is the latest salvo in Myers’ ongoing battle to get the board to end its custom of employing the Columbus law firm Hatcher-Stubbs for its legal services. Myers maintains the firm overcharges the school district and should not each year be guaranteed the board’s business.

This year some board members accused Myers and Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon of threatening them if they didn’t vote to open the district’s legal services to other firms. Senior and board members John Wells and Beth Harris alleged that McKoon threatened to withhold state funds if they didn’t do what he and Myers wanted.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reviewed those accusations at the request of board chairman Rob Varner and then-interim school Superintendent John Phillips. The GBI turned its findings over to the state attorney general, who found Myers and McKoon did nothing illegal.

During Monday’s board work session, Myers while speaking on the meeting’s public agenda said that when he recruited Senior as a candidate for his 2012 “Boot the Board” movement to oust incumbent board members, she knew opening the district’s legal services to other law firms was part of the political agenda. But after taking office this past January, she voted to keep Hatcher-Stubbs.

He alleged her change of heart was the result of her daughter Jonai Senior’s being hired as an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Fort Middle School. He said the daughter applied for that position just a week before the Jan. 14 vote on Hatcher-Stubbs.

“Ms. Senior’s daughter has no teaching experience and does not hold a certificate to teach, yet all of the sudden there seemed to be a place for her to teach language arts at Fort Middle School. … Go figure,” Myers said. Senior countered that her daughter has always excelled in her endeavors and didn’t need her mother’s help to get Fort Principal Sonja Coaxum’s recommendation she be hired on a provisional basis, without a teaching certificate. District administrators maintain hiring teachers who haven’t yet obtained a certificate is not unusual, particularly if the position to be filled is a “critical need.”

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