PICKENS COUNTY, Ga – Several sources have told Fetch Your News that Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson received a 24-hour ultimatum to resign or be terminated from his role during a called board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
Fetch Your News can’t confirm these reports as board members can’t discuss what takes place during executive session.
The meeting agenda listed executive session and personnel as discussion topics. After spending two hours and forty-five minutes in executive session, the board members emerged and announced that “no action was taken.”
Wilson spent the majority of the meeting outside of the executive session, before the board called him into the closed room around 5 p.m. If Wilson and his position were the subject of discussion, then he wouldn’t have been allowed in the room. Traditionally, a superintendent is present in the closed meetings.
Fetch Your News doesn’t know the reasoning behind the unconfirmed ultimatum, but will update this story as soon as information becomes available.
Several Pickens County Citizens drifted in and out between 3 and 5:45 p.m. to try and find out what was happening. However, the mid-afternoon session meant many couldn’t stay until the end. Some appeared visibly upset at the situation and possibility of the superintendent Wilson’s termination.
The board finally adjourned at 5:45 p.m. with no discussion as to why the meeting was called before departing. If they did present Wilson with an option to resign or be terminated, they did so behind closed doors. As previously stated, Fetch Your News can’t confirm this occurred during the almost three hour meeting.
Board member Sue Finley mentioned the possibility of an emergency board meeting being called sometime this week for further discussion of what they discussed in today’s executive session. She also added she wasn’t pleased with the Dec. 18 called meeting being held at 3 p.m. since it prevents people who work during the day from attending.
Called meetings must provide the public with 24 hours’ notice to give everyone an opportunity to attend. Therefore, it’s unclear if a meeting will be held on Thursday or Friday.
Wilson and the board of education have dealt with several contentious issues this school year including potentially arming staff, transgender bathrooms, and school threats. It’s unclear if any of these issues or other disagreements went into the decision to call the Dec. 18 meeting.
A new Superintendent was put in place today for Pickens County School System. The administration of the oath of office to Dr. Carlton Wilson as the Superintendent of Schools for Pickens County, Georgia was held Friday, May 12, 2017. The ceremony was held in the Pickens County Board of Education Conference Center at 4:30pm.
On April 26, 2017, the Pickens County Board of Education voted to name Dr. Carlton Wilson as the single finalist for the position of Superintendent. Dr. Wilson was named as finalist for the position of Superintendent for the fourteen-day period of public comment as required by law. All documents received by the Board relative to Dr. Wilson’s application for the position were available to the public on request at the Board of Education office. After the period of public comment, it was the Board’s intent to employ Dr. Wilson as Superintendent. The terms of employment were determined by the Board prior to the actual employment of Dr. Wilson.
Dr. Wilson was selected as single finalist from a pool of 49 applicants. During the selection process, the Board reviewed application materials of all applicants, received reference information, and considered survey input from community members and employees. The Board initially interviewed eight applicants and conducted several follow-up interviews.
Prior to his education career, Dr. Wilson served 10 years as a Law Enforcement Officer; 14 years as a Director of Security, Loss Prevention, and Risk Management; and 10 years as a Director of Human Resources.
Dr. Wilson joined the Pickens County School District in 1996 as a teacher at Pickens County Middle School, where he taught for four years. His administrative career began in 2000, where he served as Assistant Principal of Jasper Primary School. He became Principal of Hill City Elementary School in 2002, where he remained for 11 years and led Hill City Elementary School to many notable accomplishments. Dr. Wilson completed his tenure with Pickens County Schools as Principal at Jasper Elementary School.
Dr. Wilson’s part-time positions include serving as a GA P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Deputy Sheriff Sergeant with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit, as well as an Adjunct Professor for Piedmont College, where he teaches classes with topics including Curriculum Evaluation for School Improvement, Learning and Cognition, Educational Law and Policy, and a variety of others.
Dr. Wilson’s community involvements include serving as past President of Drug Coalition for a Drug-Free Pickens, Pickens County Sportsmen Club, and Partners of Pickens Pets – Pickens County Animal Shelter. He is past Vice-President of F.E.R.S.T. Childhood Literacy Foundation, as well as serving with Friends of the Pickens County Library. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Jasper Rotary Club, Pickens County Family Connections, and Pickens County Literacy Council. He has served as the District Commissioner for Cherokee Pickens District of BSA (Boy Scout Club of America), District Merit Badge Counselor for the BSA, and District Leader for the Girl Scouts. Dr. Wilson also served as a Pickens County Attendance Protocol Committee Member, as well as many other community involvement programs.
Dr. Wilson brings many professional accomplishments, including Assistant Principal of the Year, Outstanding Educator, High Performing Principal, Principal of the Year for District 16, and many personal accomplishments as well.
Dr. Wilson earned his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, in a concentration in School Law and School Finance, from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as Presiding Judge of the Pickens County Magistrate Court. –
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