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State school board OKs more power for Byrne

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

MUSCLE SHOALS — The state school board approved a policy Thursday giving the chancellor the power to reject any two-year college appointment or promotion that violates state policy or law.

Byrne said after the state Board of Education meeting at Northwest Shoals Community College that previously his only option was firing the school presidents if a college had such a violation.

"I'm not going to make a decision based on law without legal advice," Byrne said. "I doubt it will ever be used, but we needed a procedure in place."

Byrne said he would not take such an action without first consulting with the president and trying to work the problem out.

Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Beck said she doesn't have a problem with the new policy.

"As chancellor, it's certainly right that he be able to correct an improper action," she said.

Byrne included in the policy notification of the state school board when he takes such an action.

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