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Dallas Voice - The Community Newspaper for Gay & Lesbian Dallas
In 2003, a counselor at the high school, Jerry Hendrick, was promoted to superintendent.
...Bloomburg school superintendent Hendrick did not return two calls seeking comment.
Region VIII Education Service Center
Mr. Jerry Hendrick 728-5216
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The women said they had been harassed for some time, especially since Jerry Hendrick, the school counselor, was promoted to superintendent.
The women say Mr. Hendrick
was hired by the board "to do their bidding."The superintendent had no comment.
Board member Ronnie Peacock said Mr. Hendrick
was promoted to "make some changes" at the school, even though he
was not certified with the state as a superintendent.Mr. Peacock said that this was "no big deal" and that Mr. Hendrick
could obtain his certification over time.
Gay News From 365Gay.com
According to Coach Stephens, shortly after Jerry Hendrick was promoted to Superintendent of the school district in August 2003, she was subjected to intense harassment by Hendrick and other school officials because of her sexual orientation.
On December 14, 2004, the School Board commenced proceedings to terminate Coach Stephens, with one and a half years remaining in her
In exchange for Coach Stephens' agreement not to pursue further legal action, the district agreed to pay her
the full value of her
The settlement came days before a scheduled administrative hearing, after School Board President Derous Byers testified under oath in a deposition that the Board's decision to terminate Coach Stephens was based on the personal anti-gay animosity of several school board members.
Byers also testified that several school board members publicly disparaged Coach Stephen because of her
sexual orientation, including stating that she
"did not deserve to work" in the district because she
is a lesbian.
Houston attorney Charles Michael Gray, ...
Houston attorney Charles Michael Gray, who represents former BISD Superintendent Jerry Hendrick, did not return calls to his office Wednesday.