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(UPDATE) Investigation into fired media clerk concludes, no announcement made


(UPDATE) Investigation into fired media clerk concludes, no announcement made

Susan Riley
Susan Riley

Susan Riley

Supporters of Decatur High media clerk Susan Riley turned out for the April 12 School Board meeting but board members and the superintendent made no announcements regarding the case.

Superintendent David Dude did confirm after the meeting that the investigation has concluded, but no announcements have been made regarding Riley’s status. It’s not clear when an announcement will be made.

Riley has been on paid administrative leave since the uproar over her unexpected termination in February caused Dude to reconsider his decision. There were allegations that Dude was misled about Riley’s job performance.

City Schools of Decatur hired Jonathan Poole with Strickland Brockington Lewis to look into the matter. He is being paid $235 per hour for his services. Dude said on April 12 that he hopes the investigation will be wrapped up by the end of this week.

Decaturish contributor Mariann Martin attended the April 12 meeting. She reports that two community members spoke to the board about the firing of Susan Riley, urging them to ensure that the investigation was completed, and the clerk reinstated.

The school board did go into a closed-door executive session at the end of the regular meeting to discuss personnel and property issues, but Dude said no announcements would be made after board members returned from executive session. It is unknown whether Riley’s case was discussed during that closed-door meeting.

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