By TIMILEE WILBER
LYMAN – Will he go, or will he stay is the question a group of residents were asking of the Uinta County School District #6 Board of Trustees at what turned out to be a marathon meeting on Feb.20.
The meeting was moved from the administration building to the Lyman Intermediate School PAC to accommodate the large crowd in attendance.
At issue were the recent allegations that have been brought against District Superintendant Kent Stokes, whether or not the board should end the administrative leave Stokes was place on in December and if the board will renew his contract.
Rochelle Harris, a student at LHS, presented a petition to the board, which had been circulated among high school students and members of the community, in support of Superintendent Kent.
Clint Bradshaw, representing a group of Lyman residents, asked the school board a number of questions.
Bradshaw stated, “We are your electorate. We need to hold you responsible for your actions.”
“The positive things that Stokes has done in the district are He came here 3 ½ years ago. Since then, test scores look good, ACT scores have improved. He obtained a grant to replace windows, got rid of the “Paramount” building, and got the air handler fixed in the Lyman Intermediate School building. A new track has been constructed, and repairs have been made to the pool. Our cash reserves went from $250,000 to $1.4 million. He has dealt with some controversial issues, including the four-day school week. Stokes has done a lot of good for our district.”
The public’s perception, according to Bradshaw, is the board did not obey the correct procedures in dealing with this issue.
He invited board members to resign because of conflicts of interest that he believes exist.
Bradshaw asked the board, “Did you follow policy and procedures?”
UCSD #6 school board chairman Jim Eyre answered, “I believe we did.”
Bradshaw responded and said, “Stokes is feeling that you haven’t.”
Gordon Cottrell, a teacher at Urie Elementary, asked, “Did you hire an investigator?” Eyre answered yes.
“Why didn’t the investigator go to some people who support him (Stokes)? I think you didn’t get your money’s worth,” Cottrell said.
The board adjourned to executive session about 9:30 p.m. It last for about 2½ hours ¬– 9:30 p.m. to 12:08 a.m.
Before the meeting was adjourned, Eyre stated, “The board has made a decision, which will be communicated from our attorney to his. The ball is in his (Stokes) court.”
The board will hold a special meeting on March 5, at 8 p.m.
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