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BoE Votes To Retain Services Of Law Firm

March 27th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Board of Education, by a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, retained the services of Mike Llewellyn and the firm of Geppert, McMullen, Paye and Getty as the board’s legal counsel. Mirroring the actions of an early January meeting, board members Robert Farrell, David Bohn and Wayne Foote voted to appoint Llewellyn while rejecting a motion by members Tammy Fraley and Deb Frank to re-hire former board attorney Gary Hanna. The motion to hire Hanna was defeated by a vote of 3-2 with the board voting moments later in favor of Llewellyn. Frank and Fraley both argued that Hanna, who served more than 20 years as the board attorney, demonstrated a superior knowledge of education law and clearly is more experienced in that field. Prior to the vote Frank read a letter from the local Ethics Panel responding to questions she had submitted to the panel about potential conflicts of interests for both Farrell and Foote. Farrell currently has a lawsuit against the school board; while Foote is being investigated by the state at the request of the former school board. Frank noted that the panel concluded neither Farrell nor Foote should vote on the selection of the board attorney…


Dr Bohn downplayed the conclusions of the Ethics Panel, suggesting there might be some bias attached to that group, and noted that the board is not bound by any ruling or advisory opinion…


Farrell added that he believes Frank’s public questioning of Llewellyn’s ability to do the job might be cause for her recusal from the vote.

2 Responses to “BoE Votes To Retain Services Of Law Firm”

  1. March 27, 2019 at 1:43 pm, Jeff said:

    Some people just cannot believe they are not in power anymore.


  2. March 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm, mac said:

    How does any of this conflict help to educate our children?


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