KSN&C Backstory, then here, and here.
Cowan sued the Fayette County Public Schools about a year ago, alleging she was denied an opportunity for promotion and that the denial was somehow related to an unwelcomed advance from her superior. The case resides in Ernesto Scorcone's Fayette Circuit Courtroom.
In August, Charles W Arnold entered as a new lawyer for Cowan joining J Robert Cowan, Jill's Ex-husband.
Goodin's attorney filed a motion arguing that Cowan had been too vague about her allegations. Judge Scorcone agreed and Cowan had to submit an Amended Supplemental Complaint. In that complaint, Cowan alleges that she "made various complaints of unlawful treatment" prior to the filing of her lawsuit. That she...
- applied for various positions
- was qualified
- was not selected
- not selected because of her prior complaints
- applied for multiple promotions after the suit
- defendants failed to place her in any of them
Here's the list of positions for which she applied:
- April 2009 - all elementary elementary school principal positions (generic); not interviewed
- April 22, 2009 - Middle school Associate Principal
- April 22, 2009 - Middle School Principal
- April 22, 2009 - FCPS .5 Program Director for Middle College/.5 Middle School Director
- April 22, 2009 - FCPS Program Director Middle School/high School (Learning Center @ Linlee)
- May 15, 2009 - Associate Principal @ Lafayette High School
- May 22, 2009 - Associate Principal @ Dunbar High School
- During 2010 - Principal @ Meadowthorpe Elementary, Southern Elementary, SCAPA, LTMS, Southern Middle and Associate Principal @ Lafayette High School and Leestown Middle School.
She was apparently included in the generic principal screening, but no further interviews.
Cowan claims that her current husband, Bryan Station Middle School Associate Principal Max Doak, was also retaliated against as a result of her complaints.
The more I learn about this case the harder it is to figure out who to root for.
On one hand, I can't find anyone willing to say that Jill Cowan has what it takes to become an effective principal. That would usually stop my interest in a complaintant right there. I can't see where Cowan was owed an interview. If Goodin or Silberman did not see her as a finalist for a principalship she shouldn't have been interviewed. It would have been insincere. Clearly, the district can't (and shouldn't) guarantee every current employee an interview. Lots of folks are good at their current jobs but lack the skills to lead a modern school effectively.
On the other hand, the way the district handles its human resources functions these days leaves cause for concern. During the Petrilli case, Silberman and is deputies revealed that principals were not marked down on their evaluations, something they subsequently changed, once KSN&C made the fact public. In this case, there's talk about destroyed employment documents. Add to that the H-L report that Cowan contacted the school district's civil rights compliance officer on April 11, 2008, only to be suspended from her job the same day. Or that in denying Cowan an interview, Goodin told her that she intended to hire a man, was only interviewing men, and that a man had, in fact, been hired.
Will maladministration cause the district to lose a suit it should otherwise win easily?