News Staff Report
The Alabama Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund will assist Brewton attorney Earnie White in defending Escambia County District 6 School Board member Sherry Digmon in her pending impeachment case.
AASB Executive Director Sally Smith issued the following statement Monday, November 13, on behalf of AASB:
“The AASB Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) will assist in the defense of an Escambia County school board member facing an impeachment charge for ‘willful neglect of duty’ under the School Board Governance Improvement Act.
“AASB is extremely concerned about the timing of this action, which follows a recent vote of the board on the superintendent’s contract and appears to be a blatant misuse of the School Board Governance Act.
“The LAF assists members involved in court cases of statewide significance and that are of common interest to school boards. We will vigorously defend the ability of Alabama’s school
board members to make difficult – and sometimes unpopular – decisions without undue influence or fear of retaliation.”