Article by Steve Corlew-
The Lexington City Schools’ board postponed action on the Director of Schools’ contract, January 17th, to make sure they were complying with the proper laws.
The board will have a called meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21st, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the contract. The board meets at it office at 99 Monroe Ave.
There wasn’t a disagreement about the contract itself, but board member Chad Wood was wanting to make sure the proper process was being followed.
“Chad reached out to me today and we weren’t lawfully able to do this tonight. Because we must advertise in the paper that we are going to do this, 15 days prior,” Board Chairman Rob Helms stated.
The board has been in contract discussions with Director of Schools Cindy Olive, hoping to extend her contract another four years.
Wood, who is an attorney, pointed out to the board that if they approved it that night, they might run into issues with the validity of the contract.
“I don’t think we can approve a 4-year contract until July 1st,” Wood said.
“The contract is to protect Cindy. If we enter into a contract that is found to be illegal, she is the only one that bares exposure to that,” Wood said.
According to a 2012 Tennessee Attorney General’s opinion, school boards have to give a 15 day notice prior to a meeting stating that…
For complete coverage, see the January 25th edition of The Lexington Progress.