School board candidate Cathy Truitt is revising her account of being asked if she'd support firing Supt. Del Burns.
Truitt had said on WPTF on Sept. 24 that school board member Ron Margiotta had asked her in a vetting interview if she'd support a motion to fire Burns. Truitt said Wednesday that she was asked that question but she's not sure if Margiotta was the questioner.
Truitt said that at several candidate vetting interviews she was asked the same question. The question was whether she would support firing Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney.
Truitt said her response was that only the superintendent can fire employees. (The superintendent is the only employee who is actually hired by the board.)
Truitt said that the next question was whether she'd support firing Burns if he refused to fire Dulaney.
Truitt said she can't recall now if Margiotta was one of the people who had asked her the Burns question at any of the meetings. She said Carol Sims, one of her supporters on the Greater Garner Advocates, is her witness that the question about firing Burns was asked at these interviews.
Margiotta, who has denied asking her the question or hearing it asked when she met with him, said Thursday he was gratified about Truitt's newest statement. But he said the original statement and the attack ad she ran has alienated him.
It wouldn't be easy or cheap for the new board majority to fire Burns.
The outgoing board had voted Aug. 18 to extend Burns's contract a year through June 30, 2013. Per his request in March, he didn't get any raise this year because of the recession.
Burns has an annual salary of $273,000. His total compensation is worth $312,790.
If the board doesn't try to fire him, the question is how much Burns would want to continue working in this new environment.