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In a settlement between the parties, the Newton County Board of Education has reached agreement with Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for Operations, and Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter, Principal of Alcovy High School, releasing each of them from their respective contracts effective at the end of the work day on February 1, 2013 for Dr. Dennis Carpenter and effective at the end of the work day on January 31, 2013 for Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter.

According to Newton County BOE Chair Abigail Coggin, “Both a majority of Board members and the Carpenters feel it is in the best interest of the school system and their respective persons to sever the current employment relationship so that the system can begin the process of seeking their replacements and each of them can focus on their move to Missouri.”