Oct 23, 2013 12:00 AM by Steven Albritton
Those in attendance at Tuesday's special board meeting applauded the boards decision to extend Blue Cross/Blue Shields contract one more year and start the health care provider search over again.
"It was such a relief. I am thrilled and excited that finally our voices have been heard. And we have been so pleased that the service has been given to us by Blue Cross/Blue Shield the past 17 years," retired teacher Dalta Gary said.
The board voted to wipe out a previous vote accepting Key Benefits Administrators (KBA) as their health care provider. District Attorney Mike Harson says a complaint was filed to his office saying not enough info about the meeting was given to the public.
"Basically after discussing it, we both came to the conclusion that their was a violation of the open meeting law. Maybe somewhat of a technical, violation but none the less a violation," Harson said.
This could cause more issues for the board. The vote the board wiped out could be legally binding to KBA and open the door for a lawsuit.
"We can be sued. I cannot tell you why and how right at this point," board attorney and Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton said during the meeting.
School board member Dr. Tehmi Chaisson says this decision by the board could come at a major cost down the road.
"That could seriously devastate us. To the tune of which we could be looking at, we're talking about tens of millions of dollars that we would be liable for because the vote that we took in October is legally binding. So, I'm trying to explain to them that you really need to stop. I know you understand you think you have the majority, you think you're doing the right thing, but we will be sued. We will lose automatically," Chaisson said.