Conflict between commission, board member

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There's new controversy surrounding the search for Montgomery County's new school superintendent.  There appears to be friction between an elected official and at least on member of the school board.

Montgomery County Commission Reed Ingram tells WSFA 12 News there was talk of members of the commission, representatives of city government and the chamber of commerce traveling to participate in the on-site visits to check out the superintendent finalists in their home cities.

They were to go to South Carolina where Dr. Samantha Ingram works and Dr. Barbara Thompson's home city in Wisconsin.

Ingram says that all changed when school board president Beverly Ross emailed them saying that wasn't going to happen.  "It was very disappointing to me that we are not going to be able to go.  Beverly Ross the school member, saying that we are not going to be able to go.  I think it's up to the whole board not just Beverly Ross.  I want to go, I want to be engaged," says Ingram.

Ingram says he feels like the city and county should have input because of all the tax dollars they collect that fund the school system.

WSFA 12 News spoke to councilman Charles Jinright, C.C Calhoun and the mayor's spokesman, none was aware of their inclusion on the trip.  We've been unable to got a response from the chamber.

We did speak to Beverly Ross, who says Ingram or anyone else can go on the trips, but she's not making arrangements for them.  Ross says the system is following tradition only paying for her, Vice Chairman Melissa Snowden, two principals, one teacher and a representative from the principals association to go on the trips.

Those trips are tentatively planned for the last week of June.