Superintendent Hanna decides against keeping Pons at LCS

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna has decided not to re-employ former Superintendent Jackie Pons with the school district.

Hanna sent Pons a letter informing him of the decision.

Hanna defeated Pons in the November 8 General Election and took over as Leon County Superintendent of Schools on November 22.

Leon County Schools says an attorney for Pons sent a letter to the district on November 23, advising that Pons was "ready, willing and able to assume the duties of principal in the Leon County School District pursuant to Board Policy 1430."

LCS says on November 28, "based on legal advice from school board attorneys and discussions with district staff, Superintendent Hanna concluded that the “return from unpaid leave” provision in Policy 1430 was not intended to apply, and does not apply, to Mr. Pons."

Policy 1430 was adopted in September of 2012, while Pons was serving as superintendent. But officials say the policy doesn't apply in Pons' case because it is not retroactive.

LCS says Pons is no longer associated with the district as an officer or employee.

In light of the decision, the district says they will be "adjusting the scope" of an investigation that began on November 2nd into possible misconduct by Pons while he was serving as superintendent.

The district added that they will not comment further on the investigation until it is complete.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 28, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna says he's waiting to get more information before making a decision on re-employing former superintendent Jackie Pons.

Hanna defeated Pons in the November 8th General Election before taking over as head of the school district at a meeting on November 22.

Pons has since requested to stay employed by the district following his exit as superintendent. School board policy permits employees elected to office to remain employed following their term.

First elected as superintendent in 2006, Pons held several positions with the school district throughout a long career, including as the principal of Deer Lake Middle School.

Hanna says he's meeting with attorneys for LCS Monday afternoon before making a decision on whether or not to employ Pons, who is currently under investigation following accusations of misconduct.

The district is investigating Pons after anonymous sources sent LCS photos and video of him meeting two men along a secluded dirt road.

Last week, a district spokesman said legal and policy aspects of Pons' request are under review.

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