That was the settlement reached by attorneys and the Cherokee County Board of Education late last week following lengthy proceedings. Termination proceedings commenced after the board canceled Mrs. Oliver’s contract as guidance counselor at Cherokee County High School at the end of this past school year.
Upon Superintendent Kay Davis’ recommendation, the board voted to transfer Mrs. Oliver, a tenured employee, to the position of counselor for at-risk students in the Cherokee County School System. She will be placed on a nine-month contract, effective immediately.
Earlier in the week, the board outlined a seven-point proposal which members felt showed just cause for Mrs. Oliver’s dismissal. Those testifying included Superintendent Davis, Cherokee County High School Principal Paul Hyche and Assistant Principal Ben East and also several parents.
Attorney Kenneth Wilson represented the Cherokee County Board of Education and James Berry represented Mrs. Oliver.
Attorney Berry was not present for the vote to be taken, but notified the board that he had spoken with his client who was agreeable to the settlement. He also authorized Teresa Noell, Uniserv director for this district, Alabama Education Association, to speak on his behalf.
“I have been in discussions with Mr. Berry,” said Wilson. “He has talked with his client. The superintendent is prepared to make a recommendation.”
“We are prepared to move forward with this,” said Mrs. Noell.
The board then accepted the superintendent’s recommendation