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Limestone school board OKs White serving as principal, representative

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ARDMORE — The Limestone County school board approved a policy Monday that will allow Henry White to continue serving as Reid Elementary principal while also serving as a state representative.

Some school system employees contacted The Daily prior to the meeting and said the policy was not fair and that the policy committee did not approve it.

The policy states that Superintendent Barry Carroll may enter into a written agreement with a certified administrative employee whose "physical presence is not always essential during normal work hours and work days."

The agreement states this may allow the employee to miss certain hours or days and make them up through a flexible schedule.

White, a Democrat of Athens, represents state House District 5.

Carroll said the policy gives him discretion to adjust such employees' time as he deems necessary.

"We knew this was an issue once Henry White was elected," Carroll said. "How was he going to serve the Legislature and finish out this year at Reid? Our attorney advised us to adopt a policy."

Carroll said members of the policy review committee did know about the policy and had questions, but he added, "I put the policy review committee in place. We didn't have one when I got here, but I don't have to have the committee's approval to present a policy to the board."

Carroll said White, like any other principal, is under contract and must work the number of days stated in the contract.

Board Chairman Bryant Moss was the only board member to vote against the policy. Moss said it would only make sense to offer the same opportunity "to all."

Moss also said he wanted the policy to specify what days the employee could miss.

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