Elizabethton Schools Recall
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) Organizers of a group upset over
politics in the Elizabethton school board won Tuesday when voters
chose to recall two of the five board members.
In November, members of the school board met hundreds of miles away
from home at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville to discuss hiring,
David Roper, a school official from Roanoke, Ala. as the
Elizabethton director of schools. The Elizabethton board hired Roper
as director of schools.
The hiring displeased Tammy Ward and others in the community who
supported then-Elizabethton High School principal Ed Alexander for
the job. After Roper's hiring, Alexander was reassigned to work at
an alternative school.
listed two grounds for removal:
participation in board meetings which denied the public access to
the conducting of public business and failure to follow board
More than the required 66 percent of the total vote
turned out to remove board chairwoman Judy Richardson and board
member Bob Berry.
Not counting absentee votes, the tally to recall
Richardson was 2,720 for and 702 against, according to the Carter
County Election Commission. The tally to recall Berry was 2,700 for
and 714 against.
"I feel we'll have a change for the better in our
school system," said Tammy Ward, spokeswoman for Concerned Citizens
of Elizabethton, which led the recall effort. "I feel like now we
can put some accountability and some responsibility back on the
Voters do have an avenue to pursue when our elected officials are
not acting in the best interest of the voters.