Assistant Principal Demoted For Copying Teacher Evaluations
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Columbia County, GA -
A Columbia County elementary school administrator was demoted to a teacher after allegations that she copied another administrator's teacher evaluations and claimed them as her own.
Greenbrier Assistant Principal Elizabeth Harley was terminated in April after school leaders found that the verbiage in her teacher evaluations was very similar to the verbiage in the principal's evaluations.
During a due-process hearing for Harley, Greenbrier Principal Dr. Judy Holton told school officials that she was the first to notice a similarity between her evaluations and Harley's.
"It is unacceptable and I reminded her of resources we have available. I reminded her that she should have let me know about it and I could have helped get some of them done if she felt that pressure," Holton said.
Harley isn't denying the allegations, instead, she says that personal and job related stress caused her workload to pile up. She says her record with the school system is spotless, which is why she says she is being targeted for termination. However, school leaders say they demoted her because each teacher's evaluation should have been different.
"It needs to be specific to what they observe that day," one school official said about the evaluation process.
Harley is tenured as a teacher with the school system, so that is why she was demoted to a teacher instead of being fired from the school system.