Walker said a complaint was filed against Matthews, currently assistant principal at Moreland Road Elementary School, but the commission found no probable cause to investigate. It ultimately voted against an investigation because the issues described in the complaint were subject to local policies and procedures, he said.
Walker declined to specify the nature of the complaint but said it would have to be investigated by the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education.
“The commission is authorized to investigate certain things,” Walker said, adding that a school system employee having sex with a student or stealing money from a student would be examples of when the GPSC would launch an investigation.
Other issues, however, by law, fall under the scope of local authorities, he said.
Asked whether additional complaints against Matthews could make the commission reconsider its decision, Walker said that once the GPSC has reviewed the substance of a complaint, it will not review complaints relating to the same issue.