An internal investigation into the use of the fully-articulated “N-word” by the president of the Novato Unified School District and the delayed action by the district’s superintendent is over.
The report says, in essence, there’s nothing more to see here.
The report was launched after President Ross Millerick used the fully-articulated “N-word” to describe to the top two district administrators the need to hire a strong athletic director. He was recounting a 1998 San Marin basketball game when students chanted the “N-word.” Millerick used the full word in the private conversation.
Millerick’s “single utterance did not constitute the kind of hostile work environment that is actionable under Title VII,” the Marin County Office of Education legal counsel Robert Henry said.
“Although the use of the word was inappropriate for any circumstance, there was a lack of credible evidence to support a conclusion that Mr. Millerick’s use of the ‘n” word was motivated by a personal bias or prejudice,” the report said.
The report said that District Superintendent Chris Cosca erred in not correcting Millerick at the time. Cosca waited until after the call to call the board president back and talk to him privately.