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Dump Culverhouse as interim chancellor

The three state school board members who represent Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties should cast votes against a contract for the interim two-year college chancellor.

The board should never have named Renee Culverhouse, the president at Gadsden State Community College, to head the system after Dr. Tom Corts abruptly resigned in February out of frustration.

Having her step in when the board ousted Roy Johnson last summer made sense, but now it doesnít.

Her name came up in the trials of Gail Phillips and her daughter Melinda Sexton in Tuscaloosa over the corruption at Shelton State Community College. A jury last week found them guilty of theft and conspiracy for using an outdated appraisal to buy a house that belonged to the college for $45,000, which was half its value. They then used $20,000 of state money to renovate the vacant house.

Guess who recommended the sale when she was the two-year systemís attorney in 2001? Ms. Culverhouse.

Recently, she put out a letter to employees attempting to plug leaks to the press about more corruption in the system.

Board members Stephanie Bell of Montgomery, Betty Peters of Dothan and Randy McKinney of Gulf Shores said Friday they will vote against giving her a contract when the board meets April 26.

They have cause.

Our members are David Byers Jr. of Birmingham, Sandra Ray of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Mary Jane Caylor of Huntsville. They, too, should vote against the contract.

Ms. Culverhouse is part of the problem.

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