School board ordered to turn over
by Alexander Krughoff Staff Writer
Apr. 5, 2002
The Prince George's
County Board of Education has lost another legal battle to
School's Superintendent Iris Metts.
The school board has until April 22 to
provide Metts with copies of e-mails and phone records by and
between members or to third parties pertaining to to her work
performance during the year leading up to her evaluation in
Last week, Administrative Law Judge
Judith Jacobson issued the court order as part of Metts
continuing appeal of the negative evaluation the board gave her
Stuart Grozbean, has said the school board has refused repeated
requests for the e-mails as part of that appeal.
School board member Angie Como (Dist.
1) is afraid that if the e-mails are released Metts could use
them to bring civil suits against individual board members.
"I just can't see any other motive for
getting those records," said Como.
Jacobson also ordered the school board
to turn over all board member phone records and logs from July
27, 2001 through July 29, 2001.
"This just doesn't make any sense,"
said school board member James Henderson (Dist. 2). "This is
illegal in itself. We are not worried about what is in the
emails; it is the shear fact that they should not have access to
them. I am just glad that I don't have my cell phone with the
school system so they can't get my records."
Last month, Jacobson allowed Metts to
continue her appeal claiming there were enough questions about
how Metts' review was conducted.
The school board has rejected an offer
from Metts' to settle the case out of court and is now facing
overspending its budget to continue its legal battles against
Metts is disputing the score of 1.9 out
of a possible 4 on her annual evaluations. Because of the
negative evaluation, Metts' was denied a $35,000 salary bonus.
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