The head of Frederick Community College's Board of Trustees says the school will fight the allegations made by two former employees who states in a lawsuit that they were fired for reporting financial misconduct and other unethical action.
Debra Borden said Robert Gill and Jerry Garbinski were made aware that there contracts were not going to be renewed. She said the decision was made because of budget cuts and a ratio that had fallen to 35% of courses being taught by faculty. "That's a problem and we needed to deal with that problem," said Borden. We dealt with it by two things. We asked the Frederick Board of County Commissioners for additional money to hire more teachers, and we promised them that we could cut and match the money that they gave us with cuts of our own from the administrative side," continued Borden. She said the Board of Trustees needed to show commitment for hiring more teachers. "This is an educational institution and our job is to teach. And that is the decision that we made back in January, and it is the decision that we followed through with back in January, in eliminating 4 positions, and these are 2 of the 4 that we eliminated," Borden said.
Borden said FCC continues to be a wonderful opportunity for people to get an education, despite the lawsuit. "And that hasn't changed and it won't change."
The lawsuit says Gill and Garbinski hope to regain their jobs, lost pay and benefits, and more than $1.4 million in damages.
The two men had originally brought the lawsuit against the school, but incorrectly named the college itself rather than the board as a defendant. The plaintiffs changed their complaint to sue the proper party on August 31, 2013.