MPS board caught off guard by looming deadline over contract

MPS board caught off guard by looming deadline over contract
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Nearly a week has passed since the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to hire interim superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore on a permanent basis, but a contract has yet to be signed.

Prior to Wednesday's board meeting to discuss the hiring of a chief school financial officer, board member Lesa Keith asked to speak about Moore's contract. Her request was shot down by board President Robert Porterfield, who said attorneys were working on it and that there was no contract yet to discuss.

That could pose a major problem, however, one that apparently caught many on the board by surprise. The clock is ticking on a review of the proposed contract by Interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson.

The deadline, according to Keith, is at noon Thursday. Board members pushed back, saying that wasn't the deadline. However, Alabama State Department of Education spokesman Michael Sibley confirmed it is.

Keith said Richardson texted her the information, which multiple board members said they did not know about.

Additionally, Moore says there is a contract and the lawyer has it and that it "should" be in by the deadline.

What happens if the board doesn't get the contract to Richardson by the deadline? According to Keith, Richardson has stated he will override the board's vote to hire Moore.

Richardson's last day on the job overseeing the state's intervention is Friday.

Dr. Eric Mackey will become the state's superintendent of education on Monday.

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