“The school board is dysfunctional and polarized racially,” Jones wrote.
It has three white and two African American members and a white chairwoman.
After the offer was withdrawn, a school spokesman said Gadson’s demands were excessive.
Gadson requested a salary of $275,000 plus 10 percent annuity each year, for a total of $302,500, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an Open Records Request. That falls within the range of other metro Atlanta superintendent salaries.
The previous superintendent made $213,000 in 2016.
But with additional expenses, Gadson’s total requests were close to $550,000 more than the original offer, the documents show.
The board asked him to reconsider. But no deal was reached.
However, during the process, Gadson had been introduced in four community meetings as the county’s choice.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will follow up with details as we receive them.