- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Floyd Starnes, principal of Kemp Mill Elementary School, and the Montgomery County Board of Education will go to court next month, to dispute claims from teachers who worked at the school who are suing them for $2 million.
Starnes and the board filed April 23 a motion to dismiss the case. The six teachers who are listed on the case opposed the motion May 11. A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 22.
In the lawsuit filed in March, six staff members accuse Starnes and the school board of intentional infliction of emotion distress, gross negligence and negligence.
The teachers say that since coming to lead Kemp Mill in 2007, Starnes has engaged in bullying behavior to staff, retaliated against employees who reported issues, sexual harassment and bullying, created a hostile work environment where employees feared termination, and put false statements in staff evaluations. They say the board has ignored their complaints.
In the motion to dismiss, Starnes and the board say that the teachers have failed to make a case against them on all counts.
In some accounts, Starnes’ behavior did not rise to the level of truly outrageous conduct, which is required for him to be found in Maryland law to have caused intentional infliction of emotional distress, the motion states.
By law, the board cannot be found liable for not taking action, the motion states.
Most of the claims have been investigated by the school system and have been found to be without merit, school spokesman Dana Tofig said.
Starnes did not return a phone call or email for comment Tuesday.