Hamilton County Board of Education members and Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Jim Scales have reached a tentative buyout agreement to end Scales' five-year tenure at the helm of the local school system, officials announced this afternoon.
However, Scales and school board members said the deal won't be official until a vote is taken later this month.
The specific terms of the buyout will not be released until the deal is accepted by the board.
School board members Jeffrey Wilson and George Ricks and Hamilton County Commissioner are among those at a news conference at the school system's main office on Bonny Oaks Drive.
At the news conference, Scales said school board members initiated talks of a buyout in February
School board member Rhonda Thurman said she received a call earlier today asking if she could attend a board meeting on May 26. She said 15 days notice is required.
School board member Chip Baker said he also got the call about the May 26 meeting and said he is also familiar with discussions about Scales' contract. Baker said he would not attend, saying the school board needs to focus on passing his budget.
Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...