Houston County Board of Education delays decision regarding Ashford teacher text scandal

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County Board of Education delayed its decision about the Ashford teacher text scandal which led to several unanswered questions and upset residents.

Several attendees at Monday night’s board meeting left disappointed after they were told they would have to wait two more days for the board to announce its plans regarding the suspended Ashford teachers.

“Now this is the second time they’ve put us off and it’s just not fair,” attendee Bennie Teague said.

Superintendent David Sewell told News 18 the delay stemmed from a desire to provide due process.

“We needed to correct some wording in my recommendation so that we wouldn’t violate the rights of the teachers,” Sewell said.

But after board members spent nearly an hour in an executive session, some called the postponement baffling and said action should have already been taken.

“(It) does not make any difference,” Rhema Rock Church Pastor J. Curtis Harvey Jr. said. “I don’t care who it is, it’s wrong. If it was me, it was wrong. I should have been fired yesterday.”

Before adjourning, the board announced another meeting where it said it planned to discuss the Ashford situation and reveal its final decision.

“You’ll get a personnel sheet after the meeting and you can look at the personnel sheet and see what happened,” Sewell said.

The new meeting is set for Wednesday, December 11, at 5:00 p.m. at the Houston County Board of Education building.

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