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Augusta YDC fires yet another staffer

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The Department of Juvenile Justice continues to make staff cuts at Augusta Youth Development Campus. 

Not even 24-hours later, another YDC employee fired. Dr. Brenda James-Ford, school principal of Augusta YDC was dismissed after a review of her education credentials.

As part of the on-going investigations conducted by the Department of Juvenile Justice, this is the third announcement this week. Wednesday's news conference suspended Interim Director Melvin Womble and Lieutenant Ricky Smiley for neglecting their job responsibilities.

Thursday's news conference, however, revealed an external factor in Dr. Brenda James-Ford's release.

"She was withholding information about an outside investigation which names her in a pending ethics charge," said DJJ spokesman Jim Shuler.

James-Ford was hired in August as principal of Augusta Youth Development Campus but recent internal investigations revealed the principal was in violation of the professional credential policy.

"When DJJ interviewed and hired Dr. James-Ford back in July and again when she started her job in August, Dr. James-Ford's teaching certificate originally showed no adverse actions against her education credentials," said Spokesman Shuler.  

Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education minutes reveal James-Ford retired in July as principal of Kennedy Road Middle School but the DJJ says there is more to it.

"The newly hired Augusta YDC school principal had failed to report a letter of reprimand she received for allegations of grade changing at another school district," said Spokesman Shuler.

Investigators believe this was caught in time. As of now, there is no evidence of any changes to students' grades at the YDC. DJJ regional principal Jerry Jones will step in until a replacement is made.

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