The Trussville City Schools board met tonight at the Hewitt Trussville High School auditorium for their regular monthly board meeting. The meeting was attended by several hundred residents and school employees following the fall out in the wake of Dr
. Zack Barnes resignation as principal of HTHS. Barnes had been the fourth principal in 7 years at the high school.
On the agenda was discussion of superintendent’s contract, which was to be followed by public comment. Board attorney Donald Sweeney addressed the audience and explained that Dr. Freeman was not in attendance, but sent her recommendations in writing. After approving the superintendent’s personnel recommendations, the BOE went into executive session for a short period and returned to address the superintendent’s contract.
Thye board attorney reopened the public meeting by addressing the audience and explaining that the terms of agreement for Dr. Freeman to step down as superintendent are almost complete. The board then authorized president Bill Roberts and Sweeney to finalize agreement with Dr. Freeman this week. After the announcement, none of the almost 20 people who had signed up to speak chose to come forward when Roberts asked for public comment. Following tonight’s meeting, one board member who did not want to be identified, said he believed the settlement would be finalized quickly and would be fair to both parties.
The BOE will meet again Wednesday morning at 7:00 am to discuss personnel decisions involving principal and assistant principal positions as well as the superintendent post. Several sources say they anticipate interim replacements to be named in the high school principal spot and in the superintendent’s position. The Tribune will have a full story from tonight’s meeting posted on www.trussvilletribune.com on Tuesday morning.