GREENWOOD — The Greenwood School Board has hired the superintendent’s wife as an instructional coach for the school district.
Superintendent Montrell Greene left the room Friday when board members voted 5-0 for the hiring of Robie Green, The Greenwood Commonwealth reported.
Robie Greene was previously an education professor at Mississippi Valley State University.
The school district said in a news release that it would be discriminatory to not consider someone for a job just because her husband is superintendent. The district said law and precedent allow someone other than the superintendent to recommend that the board hire a job candidate.
Robie Greene will be paid $26,000 for the rest of the year. The district said Robie Green is well qualified because she has earned advanced degrees and has worked as a teacher, administrator and school counselor.
She succeeds June Leigh, who was promoted this month be the school district’s director of curriculum and instruction. Leigh’s new job will pay $87,500.
June Leigh, who had held the job of instructional coach since November, is the wife of Deputy Superintendent Chester Leigh.
A former assistant superintendent for curriculum, Mary Brown, was fired by Montrell Greene in October. She is contesting the firing.
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