And I am already hearing rumors additional defendants will be added to the suit. The Bay Waveland School Board, in my opinion, has wholly failed to properly discharge their fiduciary duty to the taxpayers and voters of Hancock County and if this litigation begins consuming tax dollars meant for education, Slabbed New Media will not be kind to the perpetrators. Click the pic to nab the PDF:
I see from Pacer Magistrate Roper has recused himself from this case. It took me a few seconds to figure out the likely reason, which I will not share, but I will say Magistrate Roper is known as a straight shooter that calls his cases down the middle and he was absolutely right to stand down here IMHO. Given some of the past topics we’ve tackled as it related to Judicial recusal it is in fact refreshing to see the system work as it should.
Quite honestly this is one case where I wish my reporting were off as I have known some of the people involved for many, many years. At the end of the day self respect for my own tax dollars trumped that history. I’ll be keeping an eye on this case and the related investigations that are ongoing.
IMHO Ben Galloway is one of the best attorneys on the Gulf Coast. This one promises to be a donnybrook.
Links to Slabbed’s previous coverage of this matter:
- OIG report on DMR’s friends and family program exposes fatal flaws in the appraisals obtained by the Bay Waveland School District in the Bay Tech Building Scandal
- Delisted: Bay Tech lot withdrawn from MLS
- Guest Post: What made Bay Waveland School Board President Sherry Ponder change her mind about the Bay Tech Building
- Upon the hill they planted their flag….
- School District records suggest collusion in Bay Waveland’s School District’s purchase of Bay Tech Building
- Sea Coast Echo story on Bay Waveland Schools buying Bay Tech building raises additional questions (UPDATED)
- Bay Waveland School Board Minutes add color to the purchase of the old Bay Tech building
- Court documents raise questions about Bay-Waveland School District’s purchase of the old Bay Tech Building