Tuesday’s meeting agenda for the Gadsden City School Board was pretty routine — though the resulting votes taken were anything but.
However, the votes reflected the tenor of the board in recent months, with three board members abstaining from votes on any issue.
It is the kind of divide between board members signaled by a summer of discontent over the attempt to terminate Superintendent Ed Miller’s contract.
Miller presided over the meeting Tuesday night, and he recommended the actions the three board members refused to vote on.
In their eyes — legal documents contend — Miller is no longer legally employed as superintendent. Board President Deborah Howard, Wayne Watts and Frank Cylar abstained from every action Miller put before the board.
Those three board members, and then-board member Lynn Taylor, voted in June to begin a search for a new superintendent, effectively giving Miller notice that his contract was not being renewed after Aug. 31, 2017.
Miller’s supporters — including three parents of Gadsden City Schools students who have sued those four as individuals over their actions — maintain that language in Miller’s contract granted him a three-year extension when the contract last renewed, meaning he still has two years remaining until his contract expires.
The lawsuit — claiming violation of the Open Meetings Law and the School Board Governance Act in addition to illegal attempts to fire Miller — was set for mediation Wednesday morning with a Huntsville attorney.
With four members — Kellie Cochran, Andre Huff, Nancy Stewart and Mike Haney — voting for all but one item on the agenda, the…
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