Geoff Pastrick, 37, was hired as the new football coach at South Cobb High School by Principal Ashley Hosey on March 21, but his employment was rescinded April 18 by Assistant Superintendent Barbara Swinney.
Attorney Justin O’Dell previously told the MDJ the district cited an unsatisfactory evaluation from 2011 as the reason Pastrick could not be hired. Believing the real reason was racial discrimination, O’Dell filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Pastrick’s behalf.
On Thursday, O’Dell said he was “pleased” with the settlement agreement, which he said stipulated he could not comment on it further.
Pastrick was unemployed earlier this month when the MDJ reported on his plans to file a discrimination lawsuit with the district, but the personnel report at Thursday’s meeting indicated he’s been hired for the 2014-15 school year as a content specialist in health and physical education for the county’s online education program and as an assistant
football coach at an unspecified school.
Jay Dillon, district spokesman, confirmed Pastrick has been offered an employment contract for those positions, but said other details of the settlement report would need to be obtained through an open records request.
Also approved Thursday night was the appointment of three district employees to new central office positions.
In the district’s finance department, Thomas Marshall is being promoted from manager to director of accounts payable. He’s been with the district since 2009 and will get a pay increase of more than $10,000 with his new role, which has a $90,461 salary.
Alice Stouder, who has been employed by the district since 1978 in various roles, including a stint as deputy superintendent of leadership and learning, will now earn $50,103 as the district’s director of evaluation systems.
Gretchen Walton, who started with the district in 2000 as a Pope High School teacher and has moved through the ranks as a principal and an assistant director of legal and policy issues, will be the new director of assessment and personalized learning. Her wages will rise by more than $2,200 with the new job, which will pay $94,662.
The board also accepted the resignation of Tim Baker, the district’s executive director of employment, who is moving to Virginia.