Whitesburg KY

Board to appeal AG’s decision

After a three-hour meeting Monday night, the Letcher County Board of Education voted to hold a closed session without giving appropriate explanation as to why the secrecy was needed.

Board Chairman Robert Kiser told the board 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.”

“Don’t everybody jump at once,” Kiser said after none of the other board members volunteered to make a motion.

Silence remained for about a minute.

“I guess we’re not going into executive session,” said Kiser.

“We have to,” replied Board Attorney Darrell Hall.

“Oh, Lord,” said Board Member Mendy Boggs. “I’ll make the motion. Here we go again.”

Board Member Terry Cornett seconded the motion and then all five board members voted yes.

The board went behind closed doors at 9:46 p.m. and came out of the “executive session” at 10:54 p.m. Kiser then stated that no action was taken while in closed session.

As Kiser prepared to adjourn the meeting, Hall reminded him to present a motion to authorize Hall to file an appeal of the Attorney General’s June 7 decision which said the board violated Kentucky Open Meetings Act when it met in private on May 7.

The board then voted unanimously to file the appeal in Letcher Circuit Court.

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