Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Carruth set to come back to Camden district July 1

In case you missed it, Joseph D. Carruth - unemployed for nearly six years since the Camden City school board terminated him as principal of Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School - is set to return to the district July 1. My Sunday story is a condensed recap of his struggles since the day firing.

Carruth set to come back to Camden district July 1

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In case you missed it, Joseph D. Carruth - unemployed for nearly six years since the Camden City school board terminated him as principal of Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School - is set to return to the district July 1.

Curious on what Carruth's life has been like the past six years? Check out my Sunday story.

Carruth, 44, sued as a whistle-blower under the state's Conscientious Employee Protection Act, alleging that district officials fired him for publicly reporting in 2005 that he had been asked to tamper with the scores.

The drawn-out court process came to an end last year when Carruth was awarded an $860,000 settlement. In March, an arbitrator ruled that the school district should reinstate him as a principal by July 1, 2013, and the school board recently voted to reinstate him for the school year beginning in September.

District officials said they haven't decided his new assignment yet. But the soft-spoken Carruth is excited to be returning to Camden.

"Now it's the time to make it better," he said during a two-hour interview at his home. The district needs good people who genuinely care, he says. "I think I'm one of the good guys."

Read rest of the story HERE.

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