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March 2, 2013

Whitfield school superintendent out?

Source: Board may not renew Hayes’ contract

The Whitfield County Board of Education is not expected to renew Superintendent Danny Hayes’ contract at Monday night’s school board meeting, according to a source close to the situation who asked not to be identified.

Hayes did not immediately respond to several phone messages Friday evening. Several board members declined to comment or could not be reached.

School board members unanimously voted Hayes superintendent on May 3, 2010. He received a three-year contract.

The chances of that happening again are unlikely, said the source who cited a “difference of opinion ... on the direction of the schools and school system.”

“There are questions about the renewal of Danny Hayes’ contract and the board may be considering a different direction or new leadership,” the source said. “That’s not without much argument and much debate (between school board members).”

Hayes started as the head of the school system on June 1, 2010. His contract includes a $140,000 annual salary, plus a monthly $600 vehicle stipend. He replaced Katie Brochu, who was superintendent from 2005 to 2010. She received $205,000 annually and a monthly $750 vehicle stipend.

Hayes’ wife, Rhonda Hayes, begins her new job as superintendent of Crisp County Schools on March 13. The Crisp County Board of Education recently hired her after naming her the sole finalist for the position. Hayes has most recently worked locally as a Dalton Public Schools assistant superintendent. Rhonda Hayes told to The Cordele Dispatch both her and her husband want to relocate to Crisp County, which is about 75 miles south of Macon.

“All I know is they’re looking at his (Danny Hayes) contract,” said Gary Brock, a former school board member. “I don’t know if they’re going to go with someone else or not, but as far as talking to them (board members) about renewing the contract ... it didn’t come up when I was there. I don’t think there was any conflict between Danny and the board.”

Tony Stanley replaced Brock on Jan. 1 after he did not seek re-election.

Hayes joined Whitfield County Schools in 2006 as assistant superintendent of human resources. He holds an education specialist degree in educational leadership from Troy University. Before coming to Whitfield County, he was director of human resources for Habersham County Schools in Clarkesville. Previous jobs include curriculum director, high school principal, assistant high school principal, headmaster, and head football and head baseball coach.

From 1986-1990, he was recruiting coordinator, assistant football coach and instructor at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. His career began in 1979 as a physical education teacher in Leesburg.

The board of education holds a work session at 5:30 p.m. followed by a regular meeting at 6:30. Both meetings are open to the public.

An agenda for both meetings posted to the system’s website does not include any items directly related to Hayes’ contract.

Under the superintendent’s report there is an item titled “Approval of Personnel Changes — Personnel Recommendations.” There is also an executive session listed under the work session agenda, but the item does not say what the executive session is for. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

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