WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (5/8/13) - Monday night the Webster County School Board had to decide if it would renew the expiring contract of long time board attorney Amelia Zachary, or opt to accept job bids for the position.
“I think Amy (Zachary) has done everything we have asked of her,” said board member Tim McCormick. “There were some disappointments in the lawsuit, but she did everything she was asked to do.”
Mickey Dunbar, on the other hand, felt that the best move for the district was to accept bids.
“If her bid is the best, we will move forward with her,” he said.
“From a legal standpoint, Mrs. Zachary, can you advise me to renew a contract that we did not have?” asked chairman Jeff Pettit.
At a meeting last month it was discovered that in her near decade as the board attorney, Zachary had only signed one physical contract, and the board no longer had a copy of it.
“We have a contract,” she told the board. “A contract is not a written document. We had a verbal contract. Most board attorneys don’t work under a written contract, they have a gentleman’s agreement.”
“I’m not sure how well a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ would hold up in court,” Pettit said. “Not that I foresee anything like that, but I think that anything dealing with this board should be covered.”
The board voted down the motion for renewal with a 1-3 vote. Tim McCormick was the only member to vote in favor of the motion. Board member David Higgins was absent from the meeting.
They then voted 3-1 in favor of accepting bids for the position.
In other business the board voted to table discussion of the new contract with independent auditor Mike Overby until they could discuss the impact of new costs on his established fees.
The board also voted to advertise for bids for the job of taking school pictures and voted in favor of declaring an old baseball tarp (valued at $1,000) and a basketball shoot-away (valued at $850) as surplus property.
Finally the board accepted the personnel report, which included the resignation of Clay Elementary School Principal Jaclyn Risden-Smith, effective June 30, 2013.
With all other business taken care of, the board moved into a scheduled work session to discuss matters concerning the district. No official decisions were made, but the board addressed some major issues.
J-E News Editor
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