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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Scottsboro Board of Education Regular Session, Awards Ceremony, Alabama Education Association (AEA) Representative Presentation - Board President Dissents, Due to Open Ended Contract - July 7, 2016

Scottsboro Board of Education Photo, Page Administration Building, Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary. 

SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT EXPRESSES CONCERN - "NO CHECKS AND BALANCES," VOTES NO.
Sub-title - HOW NOT TO IMPLEMENT A CONTRACT FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES  - WHO DOES THE APPLETON CONTRACT BENEFIT, CITIZENS OR THE CONTRACTOR?
Since the contract has no termination date attached, what is reasonable notice - 1 month, 1 year, 2 years or 5 years; was reasonable notice agreed upon by both parties? Bad move school board and you were told this in the dissenting opinion. Law Journal Review listed below regarding this issue.

School Board and State moves one step closer to fulfilling the ALEC ( Agenda of privatizing public schools. "Cashing in on Kids:" http://www.prwatch.org/news/2016/03/13054/cashing-kids-172-alec-education-bills-2015

WHAT IS ALEC?
 "ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers."

AGENDA
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The Appleton Contract was approved with one dissenting vote from Mr. Daryl Eustace, Board President, and a local attorney. Mr. Eustace pointed out that the contract did not have a specific ending date, it is an open ended contract with no specific term limitations. He also stated there are no checks and balances regarding this contract. 

Mr. Eustace had previously stated he believed the contract should be implemented on a limited basis, currently this is not the situation. The Board Superintendent stated the contract could be terminated at any time. However, this writer and observer does not believe that to be true. A termination of the contract in the middle of a school term would result in a curtailment of school services once contracting personnel were utilized to fill positions, also there are problems as described in the below article linked regarding open end contracts and their termination.
The School Board committed an error in my opinion, where are the high dollar Huntsville Attorneys?? The school board failed to listen to the advice of Mr. Eustace, who is a Scottsboro Attorney. This Florida Law Review Document expresses the concern regarding "MAINSTREAMING EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT LAW: THE COMMON LAW CASE FOR REASONABLE NOTICE OF TERMINATION - "...the idea that parties reserve the procedural
right to terminate [their relationship] without notice—is neither historically supported nor
legally correct."  Rachel Arnow-Richman,Mainstreaming Employment Contract Law: The Common Law Case for Reasonable Notice of Termination, 66 Fla.
L. Rev. 1513 (2015).

A Concerned Parents Letter
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VIDEOS

Part 1 - Opening and Awards


Part 2, Regular Session, AEA Representative Presentation, Business


Part 3, Regular Session, Business, Appleton contract approval

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