Glover says he voted for rezoning plan to give parents choice

Monday, November 16, 2009 at 3:17pm

Steve Glover became the fourth Metro school board member Monday to take the witness stand in federal court to deny any racial intent in voting for the new student assignment plan that ended the cross-town busing of black children.

Glover joined his colleagues David Fox, Mark North and Karen Johnson in testifying during a three-week hearing in the NAACP-backed lawsuit accusing the school board of discriminating against black students with the rezoning plan.

Glover said he voted for the plan in July 2008 in part because it lets north Nashville's parents choose whether to put their children on buses to Hillwood schools or send them to schools closer to home.

"I felt like it left open options for people to attend schools, specifically Pearl-Cohn," said Glover who represents Hermitage, Old Hickory and Donelson on the board.

Glover also denied he voted to oust former superintendent Pedro Garcia because opposed the rezoning plan as a resegregation of schools. Garcia was forced out because he was doing a poor job, Glover said.

Civil rights attorney Larry Woods pointed out the board voted to give Garcia $216,000 in severance pay.

"If he's not getting the job done, why did you vote to give him $216,000?" Woods asked.

"I think it was probably the choice of giving him the severance or tying the district up in a lawsuit for a long, long time," Glover said. "I thought this was probably the lesser of two things."

5 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 11/16/09 at 3:25

Glover has always seemed to be straight forward as
far as this reader could tell. He seems serious
about serving the students and not anyother
groups as a few of the other board members do.
I finds his court statement very truthful & believable!

By: dogmrb on 11/16/09 at 3:58

Glover is serious and straightforward about Glover being in control. He and Mike Turner vote for and represent each other. That's all follks!

By: sidneyames on 11/17/09 at 8:57

Glover said. "I thought this was probably the lesser of two things."

Glover, the proper quote is "lesser of two evils".

lesser of two things: What things? What are things? What do "things" look like. That sentence makes no sense to me.

By: pswindle on 11/17/09 at 9:41

They had to get rid of Gracia and he was not going quietly. That was a small buyout of what he could do. The mistake was when they extended his contact when at first they did not, He begged for a few months more and he out foxed the board.

By: dogmrb on 11/17/09 at 10:40

You've got your sequencing out of place. It was '05 his contract was not extended as he wanted. They changed the board members to have ones who liked him and then it took them about two years to figure out what was really going on. If the scores has improved, would they still have dumped him and rezoned?