According to J.D. Hardin, communications and community relations coordinator for Henry County Schools, the board decided that Gadson’s contract demands exceeded past salaries. The AJC has filed an Open Records Request for Gadson’s demanded salary. Rodney Bowler, the current superintendent for the school system, had a $213,000 salary in 2016.
Since Gadson was the sole finalist for the position, the board will now restart its search for a new candidate. The board has traditionally used its in-house human resources department to find candidates to fill the position, but opted to contract with the Georgia School Board Association to find Gadson, Hardin said.