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Laurens County Schools forces Finance Director out, community disapproves

Tim Passmore says the Laurens County Board of Education lost confidence in him--and he doesn't know why.
DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Tim Passmore says the Laurens County Board of Education lost confidence in him--and he doesn't know why.

Several community members spoke out in favor of keeping Passmore in his job.

But the board doesn't agree.

In a 3-2 vote Thursday night, the board ousted Passmore from the position.

Passmore says he was told the board lost confidence in him.

He didn't understand--he says he had achieved some positive things like reducing furlough days and passing the budget on time.

"We've done so many positive things in the finance department--I'm not quite sure what the problem is being that that's the only explanation that I've been given," said Passmore.

"I think I speak for the majority of the community when I say this absolutely was done as a spiteful move," said community member Stacy Brooks.

"Marcus Clements, the board chairman, and Bill Rowe, Dr. Bill Rowe--they both are mad because they didn't get the two schools," said community member Tyna Lord.

The two schools Lord talked about were proposed new middle schools Passmore did not support.

He said the taxpayers could not afford them.

Some board members, however, did support them, but they were never constructed.

Superintendent Rob Johnson came to the defense of the board when 41NBC asked him about personal vendettas.

"They make decisions on what they feel like what's best for our school system," said Johnson. "I don't have any board members that make decisions on personal vendettas. And even if they do, there's five board members."

Johnson says he values Passmore as an employee, but as with all personnel matters, he couldn't discuss the reasoning behind the decision.

The superintendent would not say what Passmore's new job responsibilities are--but he's still employed with the school system.
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