Extension delays ruling in Elliott case
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Mar 13, 2013 | 1086 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An extension has been granted to the legal counsel of Susan Elliott for delivering its final evidence in her dismissal hearing.

The original deadline for submitting supporting documentation and transcripts to independent hearing officer Dale Conder Jr. was March 5.

Conder granted an extension into this week, and that has passed. Conder is an attorney from Jackson.

Elliott is being represented by attorney Virginia McCoy.

According to Bradley County Board of Education attorney Chris W. McCarty, “The close of proof will conclude on that day [this week’s Tuesday deadline extension] and Mr. Conder's opinion will be due by no later than March 22.”

The actual dismissal hearing was held on Jan. 30-31.

During the hearing, McCarty brought several witnesses to testify that Elliott was unfit to teach in a classroom or be in charge of children. McCoy brought several witnesses highlighting the success Elliott had with students and how she was liked by parents.

Charges for dismissal were orignally made by Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel to the Bradley County Board of Education at the October 2012 board meeting. The charges listed details of a July 2012 arrest and findings of an internal investigation as reasons for the recommendation for dismissal.

Elliott then filed for a hearing. The hearing was held to have an independent hearing officer decide whether the charges in the school system’s charges for dismissal were true.

Charges pertaining to Elliott’s arrest were dismissed. Gregory Grammer, who claimed Elliott had assaulted him, was later arrested for filing a false report.