Montgomery Co School Board Flexes Its Muscle

Tomorrow evening the Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a special session.

There’s no need to write a big article because you can read the agenda for yourself:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Special Session
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Montgomery County High School Cafeteria 6:30 p.m.

I. Call To Order

II. Closed Session per KRS 61.810 (1)(c) Litigation – Regarding Request from Attorney C. Ed Massey for Superintendent Joshua Powell, to Resend All Action and Pending Litigation of Verified Complaint of Injunction

III. Reconvene in Open Session

IV. Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Suspension of Superintendent Joshua Powell

V. Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Superintendent Powell’s Return of District Electronic Devices Including, But Not Limited To; MiFi, iPad, and District Keys. Items of Concern Are to Be Returned to Vice Chair Bill Morgan by Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

VI. Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Joshua Powell Being on School Property During His Suspension Without Express Written Approval from Vice Chair Bill Morgan

VII. Discussion and Possible Action to Waive or Assert the Conflict with Attorney Michael Owsley Related to Representation of Joshua Powell and Montgomery County Board of Education

VIII. Adjournment

Or click here (Warning: PDF Link) to access the original agenda.

Pay close attention to item 7:

Discussion and Possible Action to Waive or Assert the Conflict with Attorney Michael Owsley Related to Representation of Joshua Powell and Montgomery County Board of Education

If the board asserts there’s been a conflict of interest — likely a result of Donna Wilson leaking information from a closed session during closed EPSB testimony — the wall around superintendent Joshua Powell’s circle immediately crumbles. Essentially, if you read the tea leaves, it’s easy to see that Mike Owsley of ELPO was receiving payment from legal insurance to represent the board only to turn around and do what he did with Wilson during the EPSB hearing. Powell turned around and used that to sue the board… despite being the person who requested the hearing be sealed, of course. Without ELPO, the protection racket falls apart. All of Powell’s lackeys will be on their own.

Once that happens, you can bet people will start turning on Powell in an attempt to save their own hide. Assistant Superintendent Phil Rison, himself facing an EPSB nightmare, being the first likely to sing a sweet song.

The board needs to drop that mess like a hot potato and distance itself posthaste. The state and all empowered bodies need to take action to remove Wilson as a board member for violating the public trust as she has apparently done. Because the taxpayers, students, teachers and others in Montgomery County deserve justice.

Sure, this may delay the EPSB hearing as Powell scrambles to allow a new attorney to get caught up to speed, but what’s a few extra weeks or months? It doesn’t matter.

You’re about to see some fireworks.