Two shakeups hit Birmingham BOE

Two shakeups hit Birmingham BOE

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Alana Edwards (center, in red) announced her resignation tonight. Source: WBRC video Alana Edwards (center, in red) announced her resignation tonight. Source: WBRC video
Community members packed Tuesday night's BOE meeting. Source: Vanessa Araiza Community members packed Tuesday night's BOE meeting. Source: Vanessa Araiza
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham Board of Education member Alana Edwards Haynes announced her resignation Tuesday at the board's meeting and it was not the only big issue for the BOE during that time.

Haynes said Tuesday that she wanted to vacate her post in order to spend more time with her newborn daughter. She represented District 7, which covers several schools in the southwest area of Birmingham. The Birmingham Board of Education is now short one member.

Board members were also overruled by the man leading the state takeover of the system. It surrounds contracts with an energy conservation company the state says will help with utility costs.

Acting President April Williams says it is a motion all board members have voted against. One issue Williams has is the 5 year lock in the contract. She says the board will be dealing with them even after the states take over is complete.

"The vendor would take half of what we increased the first year each remaining year. So, actually if we're increasing an actual 2.3 million dollars, we've paid them 4 million dollars. So, my opposition to it is there are real savings of approximately 2.5 million dollars and it's costing the board 6.7," said Williams.

Williams made a motion to bring in the attorney general, in hopes he will overrule Dr. Richardson's decision to bring in the energy conservation group. Two other board members agreed with Williams motion.

As for Alana Edwards Haynes' vacant position, the board has 30 days to find a replacement.

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