- Associated Press - Sunday, August 31, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas charter school co-founded by Deion Sanders is set to consider rehiring him as its athletic director, according to a published report Sunday - the latest chapter in an ongoing saga with the school and the NFL Hall of Famer.

Prime Prep Academy’s board is scheduled to debate and vote on Sanders’ employment Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reported (https://bit.ly/1wWO8BO ).

Last year, Sanders had been in a spat with Prime Prep co-founder D.L. Wallace, and was fired, rehired and fired again within a couple months. The first dismissal came after Sanders was accused of assaulting the academy’s chief financial officer during a staff meeting. He was later fired as head football coach without explanation.

Wallace eventually resigned, and most of his supporters in top positions quit or were fired.

School Superintendent Ron Price said upon his hiring in December that he expected to bring back Sanders, something that hasn’t happened yet.

Sanders, a star cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons who also played pro baseball and earned the nickname “Prime Time,” did not respond to the newspaper’s repeated requests for comment. Price and school board President T. Christopher Lewis couldn’t be reached late Saturday.

Previously released audio recordings appear to capture arguments between Sanders and Wallace, including Sanders’ demanding higher pay and more authority at the school.

Prime Prep has been no stranger to controversy since it opened - and is even facing having its charter revoked by state authorities. The school has already lost one appeal with the Texas Education Agency, but has another appeal available through the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Even though he has lately had no official role at Prime Prep, Sanders has remained a frequent presence at the school. His reality show, “Deion’s Family Playbook,” has filmed on campus, though Price and some board members have said they’re unaware of documentation that allowed that.

Sanders has also called meetings with parents, employees and Texas Education Agency staff without the knowledge of the school’s superintendent or board.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com



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