For the first time in more than a decade, the Letcher County Board of Education this week stated the general nature of what was to be discussed during closed session before the actual session began.
In previous meetings, the county school system’s board chairman had stated that a motion was needed to go into executive session under authorization of KRS 61.810 (1) (b, c and f ) “for the purpose of discussing litigation, personnel, and/ or property.” That blanket statement does not give an accurate explanation of what the board will be discussing in private.
The change in meeting procedure occurred Monday night when Board Chairman Robert Kiser asked that a motion be made to go into executive session “under authorization on KRS 61.810 (1)(b) at 8:26 p.m. for deliberations on the future sale of the old Whitesburg High School property.”
Kiser also said under authorization of KRS 61.810 (1) (c) the board would discuss litigation in three cases. Case number 11-CI-094 involves the board, Timothy E. and Susan Miller, David D. and Pricie R. Young and The Netherlands Insurance Company, Timothy Miller and David Young.
The second case was listed as Letcher County Board of Education vs. Sally Barto. Case number 13-CI-262 pertains to The Mountain Eagle and not just Barto as an individual. The board has appealed the Attorney General’s June 7 decision, which said the board violated open meetings laws when it met in private on May 7.
Case number 07-CI-403 involves the board, an unknown employee driver of the school district, Jeffrey L. Tackett and Esther K. Wright.