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School board, county lawsuit settled

By Eddie West

Staff Writer

An out-of-court agreement has been reached in the school board and county’s chancery court lawsuit.

The two sides agreed on a negotiated settlement which was approved by the school board and county commission during back-to-back meetings held last Tuesday night.

The lawsuit was settled during negotiations between attorneys for the two parties outside Smith County Chancery Court where the lawsuit was filed in November of last year by the school board.

Details of the proposal were not released to the public until passage by both the school board and county commission as part of the negotiated agreement.

The school board met in regular session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday night (January 23) at the Smith Board of Education’s Central office to study the agreement and county commissioners met in special session at 7 p.m. in special session the same night at the Smith Agriculture Center where it generally meets.

It was clear school board members and county commissioners had numerous questions about the negotiated agreement.

Both legislative bodies went into an executive sessions during their respective meetings for lengthy periods. 

By law, members of the public and the media are not allowed to be present during executive sessions because of attorney/client privileges.

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