MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery School Board's squabble has turned another corner. Wednesday, Board President Beverly Ross went on the record accusing two other board members of violating policy surrounding a lawsuit filed by a former school superintendent candidate.
Ross' meeting was short and to the point. She walked to the podium, read a letter addressed to board members Melissa Snowden and Charlotte Meadows and left the room without taking questions from the media.
Ross did not answer questions from the media because she felt the letter stood on its own.
Ross says Meadows and Snowden violated policies when they hired Snowden's husband to represent them in the lawsuit, filed by former superintendent candidate Clay Slagle, against the board.
The letter also accused both women of meeting with Slagle and his attorney "secretly," where they admitted to allegations made by Slagle in his lawsuit.
Melissa Snowden and Charlotte Meadows told WSFA 12 News that hiring a personal attorney, who happens to be Snowden's husband, is clearly within their rights as citizens and that it will be of no cost to the board.
As for the document and the meeting, Meadows and Snowden say they did meet with Slagle and his attorney. Their attorney, Frank Snowden filed a motion for a meeting to keep it on public record.
Ross said the two board members sidestepped the issue at a meeting called earlier this month.
Snowden and Meadows say the meeting was called on late notice, and they both had plans.
Before the next school board meeting on January 12th, Beverly Ross requested that Melissa Snowden and Charlotte Meadows cooperate with the board in defending the litigation surrounding Silage's lawsuit. She wants them to fire Frank Snowden as their attorney and notify him that he doesn't have the authority to negotiate a settlement on behalf of the board.
Both of the board members say they will not fire their appointed legal counsel.