Former Lancaster superintendent Elijah Granger has a brand new job working with the previous college board president who voted final 12 months to pay him greater than $2 million as he tried to go away the district.
The board — with Ellen Clark serving as president — voted 4-3 in November on a hefty severance for Granger with out explaining the explanation for the separation. However that payout was rapidly walked again after the board majority modified that month.
Now Granger is one in every of three actual property brokers working at City Sq. Realty, an organization owned by Clark. He started taking actual property lessons in January, and Clark is the sponsoring dealer for Granger’s weeks-old actual property license.
“Elijah is a disciplined, devoted agent who has integrity and a successful perspective,” Granger’s bio on the realty web site reads. “His dedication earned him a level in Instructional Management – which applies completely to assembly and understanding the wants of the group.”
Granger didn’t reply to requests for remark about his new job. Clark informed The Dallas Morning Information that Granger requested her to sponsor his license and the 2 had been associates earlier than he was superintendent.
“I’m his dealer, and he didn’t come right here till he was not receiving any cash from the college district and he resigned,” Clark stated. “He has the proper to stay his life.”
The 2 by no means spoke a couple of potential working relationship in actual property once they had been serving on the board and at school management at Lancaster, Clark stated.
Group members responded on-line to a picture of a billboard promoting Granger’s new position. Commenters known as the working relationship between Clark and Granger very suspicious, noting that the transfer wasn’t a very good search for town. One other commenter emphasised that Clark operates an unbiased enterprise and might work with whom she desires.
The longtime actual property dealer characterised questions on her new skilled relationship with Granger as making one thing out of nothing and stemming from her detractors’ prejudice in opposition to her.
“There may be a lot hate that prevails right here,” Clark stated.
Granger is within the midst of a protracted battle over his employment with Lancaster ISD. The board had narrowly voted to purchase out his contract, which might have expired in October 2025. Trustees didn’t say why they made such an distinctive choice lower than two weeks after awarding him a brand new five-year contract.
Clark misplaced her election in November. With a brand new board majority in place, trustees voted 4-3 for his or her legal professionals to barter a brand new exit bundle and place Granger on paid go away. They later voted to fire Granger and rescind his payout.
In December, a Dallas County judge blocked the payment till at the very least October of this 12 months.
Granger appealed his termination and till a closing choice is made or a choose acts, Lancaster and the previous superintendent are in a holding sample on the severance cost.
Granger provided to settle with the district for a a lot lesser quantity than the preliminary $2 million buyout, however the district has not conceded, Clark stated.
The Texas Schooling Company opened an investigation into the buyout and allegations that Clark used district assets for her personal enterprise. That investigation is ongoing, and Clark has denied that there was ever a battle of curiosity.
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