Union County reinstates Director of Schools Wayne Goforth

Union County reinstates Director of Schools Wayne Goforth

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"Of the time that I was off, I learned a lot and matured a lot, and hopefully we can patch things up," Director of Schools WayneGoforth said. "Of the time that I was off, I learned a lot and matured a lot, and hopefully we can patch things up," Director of Schools WayneGoforth said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - Union County Director of Schools Wayne Goforth went back to work Tuesday after being suspended for nearly a year.  

During a school board meeting Monday night, the board, with two new members, voted 4-3 to reinstate him.  

"The school board decided it would be better to let me finish out my contract," Goforth said.  

In February, the school board voted to terminate the remainder of his contract due to his handling of the school budget. He was placed on paid administrative leave in October.  

The following months brought legal battles as Goforth sued and the school board debated whether to officially fire him.  

"Of the time that I was off, I learned a lot and matured a lot, and hopefully we can patch things up," Goforth said.  

Since October while Goforth was on paid administrative leave, he collected his annual $86,000 salary and even a monthly car allowance, according to Union County Mayor Micheal Williams.  

"We've had problems before The school board had problems with him, and they terminated him in a short term,"  Williams said.

Mayor Williams has had his own battles with the superintendent and county commission. The schools budget hasn't been balanced in years, and Goforth asked for loans each year from  county commission.

"They were not always able to show us how they were spending the money. They can show us that it was spent, that it was gone, but we had a credibility problem in determining how the money is best spent," Williams said.

Goforth has spent around $40,000 in legal fees, and the county spent around $30,000 during the legal battle over the termination of his contract.  

"I'm happy to be back in this position. I'm looking forward to having a good relationship with the board and to patch things up a bit," Goforth said.  

His contract ends on June 30, 2013.

He became director of the Union County Schools in 2008, when he signed a four-year contract.  

Mayor Williams said there's a new stipulation in the superintendent's contract requiring Goforth to meet with the school board chairman once a week.

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