ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Dougherty County school board meets Monday night, for the first time since a lawsuit was filed against board members.
WALB-TV and two other media outlets are suing to force the board to follow the open records law and a judge has issued an injunction stopping the superintendent hiring process. The controversy over the hiring of a new superintendent isn't on the agenda.
Monday's meeting is at the Civil Rights Institute in honor of Black History month. Board members are arriving at 6:00 PM for a tour of the building. At 7:00 PM they'll sit down to discuss items on their agenda and the school superintendent search is not on that list.
Last Wednesday, business leaders and concerned parents and grandparents packed the board meeting to tell members what they thought of the board's snap decision to name Joshua Murfree as the only finalist. Board members did not release the names of the other two finalists in the search, which is a violation of the open records law.
While the superintendent issue isn't on the agenda, it's possible board members will go into executive session to talk about how to proceed. The board's attorney Tommy Coleman has already stated that the board broke the law, so they will have to hire an outside attorney to defend them. They could vote to simply abide by the law and release the information that the public is entitled to.
A hearing on the media lawsuit against the board is scheduled for March 1st. WALB News 10 will be inside the school board meeting so be sure to check walb.com for updates and look for the full story on WALB News 10 at 11:00.