Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 15, 2014

BOE discusses dismissal, approves attorney payment

AMERICUS — In an added agenda item Thursday at the Sumter County Board of Education regular meeting, Board member Mike Busman initiated a brief discussion on SACS and legal issues. Busman brought up the recent dismissal of the BOE’s lawsuit against the State Board of Education and Governor, and Judge Kelly A. Lee’s count by count explanation for the dismissal. Busman asked for clarification from the other  Board members if the Board’s attorney Maurice King had been directed by the Board to take those positions in the suit or if the attorney had presented those positions on his own.

“Some of that stuff was accusatory for lack of a better term and I don’t think it sits very well with SACS.” Busman said.  “We’re supposed to try and unite and there were shots taken at individuals ...”

Board Chair Edith Ann Green told Busman that the attorney was told to “challenge the law.”

Legal bills for the state hearing were also discussed as approval of payment to the attorney was included under the finance portion of the meeting. An itemized detail of KIng’s fees was presented at the request of Busman. The voted to approve payment passed 5-2 with Green and Board members Carolyn Whitehead, Willa Fitzpatrick, Michael Lewis and Alice Green voted for approval. Busman and Board member Meda Krenson voted no. Following the vote, Whitehead said she had never seen that “as extensive” a detail of attorney fees requested or submitted before approval before Thursday. Busman responded by saying he appreciated the itemization and reminded the Board that it was a matter of public record and anyone could request that information. The bills totaled $3,914.

In addition to the attorney fees the rest of the financial report was approved. After passing the accounts payables there was discussion about that attorney bill.  

The Board approved a Charter School policy amendment. The purchase of two smaller  Type A surplus buses was approved as well as the purchase of an additional vehicle for the transportation department. Under technology, an anti-virus software agreement was approved. The Board approved the 2014-15 school calendar and reimbursement for the Georgia School Board Association summer conference. After announcements, the meeting was adjourned.

The following personnel agenda was also approved.

Retirements: Joette Arrington, Frances George, Mary Allmon; Release from contract: Shanekia Williams; Resignations: Nakimbra Littleton, Marcus Harvey, Montreal Biggins, Schenita Dennard, Chelsea Botkin, Tondalaya Jackson; Termination: James R. Tissue; Transfer: Wanda Jordan; Employment: Lakenia Godwin, Jeremy Morgan, Angela Littlefield, Dallas Brown, Erixx Stevens.

As a separate item, Kimothy Hadley was approved for 2014-2015 administrative recommendation.


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