Cobb Board of Education OKs $10K settlement
by Emily Boorstein
August 01, 2014 04:00 AM | 7162 views | 5 5 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Geoff Pastrick
Geoff Pastrick
MARIETTA — Lumped in an unanimous vote regarding personnel, the Cobb Board of Education approved a $10,000 settlement agreement Thursday with a former South Cobb High School football coach who had threatened to sue the district.

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hired as the new football coach at South Cobb High School by Principal Ashley Hosey on March 21, but his employment was rescinded April 18 by Assistant Superintendent Barbara Swinney.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.

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*west cobb parent
August 01, 2014
This is not what this wonderful man deserved, it's only a band-aid but at least he has a job and a coaching position. Cobb County School Board should be ashamed of themselves. They don't have the right the play with peoples lives while we pay their salary!! My hat is off to Coach Pastrick for making them do at least 1/2 of the right thing. But no matter what, they have put this man through hell and there is no amount of $ and band-aids that can fix that. They at least owe him a public apology.I think we should DEMAND it!
Cobb Parent
August 07, 2014
Wow, so a teacher abandons his job at 2 different schools in the middle of the year and has the nerve to cry racism bc his former employer won't hire him back? If I up and leave my corporate job without any notice I should probably expect not to be welcomed back. The worst thing you can do as a teacher is abandon your kids and leave them in the middle of the year. My kid didn't play football and was in coach Pastrick's class that he left but that doesn't matter??
August 01, 2014
Well, well, whatdoyouknow?! The CCSD sure did want this one to go away, didn't they?! You can bet we're going to be watching Barbara Swinney like a hawk. I only wish Harris Rainbow would've done the same thing, as well as Ed Koester and Randall Smith. How they were all treated was deplorable.

Without any doubt, Campbell, South Cobb, Pebblebrook and Osborne football programs are about to go into a toilet bowl tailspin. Some people may not give much credence to football coaches and their respective programs, but it sets the tone for many schools and morale.

For those of us who insisted this was racially motivated, we'll be waiting for our apology. But we won't be holding our breath. Racism really does go both ways!
August 01, 2014
eggontheface - I heartily agree with you! My daughter attended Pebblebrook when Randall Smith was there. I watched this man MOWING THE GRASS of the football field (years ago before the turf)... he seeded it, watered it and took care of it to get it into condition so it would be SAFE for the players. He cared about the guys lived a L O N G way from school. He was treated very poorly and I agree - Racism really does go both ways.
Good job Pastrick
August 01, 2014
The county has no basis to not hire or fire someone based on one bad evaluation. Especially since he has received three years of good evaluations after that one. Poor judgement!
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