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Thursday, December 21, 2006

LR school board wrangling

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 6:15 PM

You have to be an insider to appreciate the following but the LR School Board met tonight to hire a lawyer to represent the board in district employee Karen DeJarnette's appeal of Superintendent Roy Brooks' recommendation that she be fired. DeJarnette is the employee who suggests the board hasn't been getting accurate information from the administration about efforts to comply with desegregation case directives.

Chris Heller, the Board's normal lawyer, will likely be a witness in the case so another attorney was needed.

Board member Melanie Fox wanted to hire Phil Kaplan. Member Diane Curry wanted to hire Leon Johnson. Baker Kurrus, recognizing that only Johnson was likely to get four votes (from the four-member black majority), called for a vote on Curry's pick, Johnson, who is black. The vote was 6 to Fox. Kurrus shushed civil rights lawyer John Walker, who arrived at the meeting late and attempted to interject some comments.

As our observer said, it couldn't have illustrated the new board dynamic more clearly, though the issue is relatively minor.

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