Man At Center Of Columbus Attendance Controversy Opts To Retire

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As scandal swirls around Columbus City Schools headquarters, Superintendent Gene Harris has stayed at the helm making personnel decisions.

One of Harris' decisions involves, Michael L. Dodds, a man at the center of the district's data-rigging controversy.

That controversy involves allegations the district fraudulently misreported student attendance and grades to win more federal money.

After allegations surfaced that Dodds may have helped manipulate the numbers, Harris reassigned Dodds to his home.

Since July, the district has paid him to stay at home. He makes $130,000 a year. Now, even before the investigations are over, Dodds will get to retire.

Watchdog 10 wanted to know what he had to say about the situation, but nobody answered the door.

Nobody would answer Watchdog 10 questions at the Columbus City School headquarters either, including what kind of payout the district is giving Dodds.

However, by looking at Dodd's work history and retirement system policies, 10TV calculates that Dodds might be eligible to retire with up to two-thirds of his of his recent salary.

That means the man in the middle mess might enjoy retirement pay of around $80,000 a year.

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