Access Counselor: School board member may have violated law…

MODOC, Ind. (AP) _ The state's public access counselor says an eastern Indiana school board member may have violated state law when she suspended the district's superintendent.
 
Union School Board President Christa Ellis suspended Superintendent Fred Herron on Monday, a day before she and two new school board members voted to place him on paid administrative leave.
 
The underlying issue is whether Union School Corp. should be consolidated with another district. The Randolph County district is one of Indiana's smallest, with just 314 students.
 
An advisory committee Herron appointed has recommended merging the district with another one.
 
Public Access Counselor Luke Britt tells The Star Press  Ellis may have violated Indiana's open door law if she lacked unilateral authority to suspend Herron but obtained the two board members' consent before doing so.