Some Butler Co. Residents Hope for Public Forum with School Board

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By Catalina Trivino

Frustrations continue for some parents of students in Butler County Schools.

 

They say they tried setting up a meeting with the school system and wanted their concerns addressed at a board meeting.

In that board meeting, Butler County School Board president, Mickey Jones addressed the public about a call he says he received from an unidentified member of the community who threatened the school board.

But, after they were addressed, some people in the community say they were left frustrated, and still without answers about their concerns with the school system.

Alabama News Network tried contacting the superintendent, Darren Douthitt, who told us he was too busy with meetings to do an interview on Wednesday.

 

Some residents say they have many questions about the school system and would like to see a public discussion in the near future with the attendance of the administration.

"What we need for them now is to reach out and communicate either through the press or through whatever means. We as a people in Butler County just want to hear from our board," Said Jeremy Coleman, who is a graduate of the Butler County School System. 

 

We also contacted all five board members, of those, Linda Hamilton, Mickey Jones, and Billy Jones did not respond to our voicemails.

 

Joseph Lisenby did not go on camera, and Terry Williams says he will talk to us at a later date.

"I think that they could do more and I think as we are the tax paying stakeholders, the voters of this community, we control this public school system and I think our elected representatives should act on behalf of the districts they represent," Said Cheryl Gates, a parent of four children currently in the Butler County School System.

The Butler County school system tells us no one requested to be on the agenda.

The two people we spoke with say the reason behind not getting on the agenda is because they feel it is like giving a statement rather than having a conversation with the board.

In order to get on the agenda, the school system tells us you have to contact the superintendent by phone or e-mail along with the topic you'd like to discuss.

The discussions are limited to about 3 minutes.

We still don't know whether a public forum will be held to answer questions.

Alabama News Network will keep you updated.

 

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