by Billy Ball
Gloria Jones, the A.L. Stanback Middle School principal stepping down after staff accused her of blocking the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance, will leave behind a four-year contract worth $86,240 in annual compensation.
Jones, whose last day will be Nov. 30, signed a contract with Orange County Schools in April that included $7,186 in monthly salary and supplements. The contract was approved by the system's Board of Education prior to an Indy report in June detailing students' and staff's complaints that she hindered the LGBT support group's startup for more than two years.
School board members publicly criticized Jones for her handling of the group, particularly after she started a new policy this school year barring non-academic clubs such as the GSA from meeting during school hours, a move that essentially nixed the group after just four meetings last spring.
Orange County Schools spokesman Seth Stephens said the system will not be forced to pay Jones for the remainder of her contract.