Woody Hildebrandt

Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons (right) with City Commissioner Scott Maddox campaigning.
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Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons has won his Democratic primary challenge. Pons calls the race a referendum on his job performance, but he still faces several challengers in November.

From left to right:  Anicea Robinson,  William Millard and Vernea Randolph
Leon County Public Schools

The Leon County School District has announced new principals at three schools for the upcoming academic year. The new hires include a new leader for Lively Technical College.

Jackie Pons

The Leon County School district says it will give the public a look at a search warrant executed last week once it gets approval from the federal government. The district’s email server was taken as part of an ongoing investigation into the way it awarded school construction jobs.

Lively Technical Center

Lively Technical Center Principal Woody Hildebrandt  has been arrested.

He’s being charged with four felonies related to the theft of Leon County School District property. Hildebrant’s arrest comes two months after he was placed on administrative leave following accusations he stole materials from Lively. He also faces accusations he manipulated employee time sheets. Leon County Schools spokesman Chris Petley says Hildebrant’s case will go before the school board.

Jackie Pons

Two new whistle-blowers have stepped forward in the Leon County Schools construction controversy. The whistle-blowers are both  Leon County Schools employees.

Sandra Davis, a worker in the Division of Facilities, Construction and Maintenance, filed for whistle-blower protection on June 4. In a letter to Leon County Superintendent Jackie Pons, Davis claims school construction projects have been deliberately undervalued to avoid a competitive bidding process. According to Davis, contracts appear to be awarded to construction companies that made donations to Pons’ campaign.

Lively Technical Center / Leon County School District

The Leon County School District is facing a second whistle-blower challenge about how it awarded school construction and maintenance projects. The principal of Lively Technical Center, Woody Hildebrandt, says he expressed concerns about the district's contracting process as early as December 2011 and again in September 2013.

Hildebrandt also allegedly showed school district administrator Rocky Hanna an 80-plus-page document calling the district’s construction and maintenance project award process into question.