The Times-Tribune has asked Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to weigh-in on what the newspaper has alleged are violations of the state’s open meetings law concerning the district board’s recent vote to consolidate two schools.
Knox County Public Schools Superintendent Walter T. Hulett has denied wrongdoing by district officials in the May 25 vote to consolidate West Knox Elementary and Lynn Camp Middle High School.
After the May 26 informational meeting the district hosted to explain the change, the Times-Tribune sent a complaint letter to Sam Watts, Knox County Public Schools board of education chairman. A copy of the letter was sent to Walter T. Hulett, district superintendent.The complaint referred to comments made by Hulett during the informational meeting.
Hulett told the audience he spoke to the district’s board individually to ask them about changes that would remedy the district’s history of academic underachievement.
The complaint letter states, “The calls Mr. Hulett made to board members seem to be a series of non-quorum meetings that likely included discussion about district business as well as polling to determine board member’s opinions about consolidation. It seems apparent that discussion about the consolidation took place outside a public meeting since the board spent about four minutes on the agenda item concerning the consolidation and there was no discussion about the change before the board unanimously approved the change.”
Hulett responded to the complaint June 4. In his letter, Hulett said the complaint is “unfounded and untrue.”
Thursday, June 10, 2010
AG asked to weigh-in on alleged meeting violations in Knox Co
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