NOTICE OF HEARING ON RANDOLPH COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION’S
MOTION FOR DECLARATION OF UNITARY STATUS AND POSSIBLE
RESOLUTION OF SCHOOL DESEGREGATION CASE
The Randolph County Board of Education hereby gives notice that the Court will hold a hearing which could terminate the Randolph County School District desegregation case, Lee v. Randolph County Board of Education. In 1970, the Board was ordered to adopt a desegregation plan for the Randolph County Schools. Between 1994 and 2017, the Court entered several consent decrees that established steps and processes by which the Board could successfully desegregate its schools and achieve unitary status. Achieving unitary status means that a school board has satisfied its desegregation obligations and that the Court’s supervision of the school district can therefore end.
The Board has filed a motion requesting that the Court declare that it has achieved unitary status and that Court supervision is no longer necessary. Copies of documents related to this request to be declared unitary are available for review at the District’s website (https://randolph.k12.al.us/) and at the Central Office of the Randolph County School District (182 Circle Drive, Wedowee, Alabama 36278). These documents include the Motion for Declaration of Unitary Status and the memorandum and exhibits that support it, the responses from the United States and Private Plaintiffs, the consent orders that were entered in this case, and a number of reports the Board submitted to the Court. The documents will be available for review from April 6, 2021, through May 14, 2021. They may be viewed at the Central Office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Judge Myron Thompson, United States District Court Judge, has scheduled a hearing for May 14, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time, to determine whether the Board’s motion should be granted. The hearing will be conducted via the online platform Zoom and is open to the public. The Court invites objections and comments from any interested parties. Members of the public may virtually attend the hearing either (1) at the Randolph County High School Auditorium, located at 465 Woodland Ave. NE, Wedowee, AL 36278; or (2) via a direct Zoom link, which requires a request via email as described in the Objection & Comment Form.
Written objections and comments may be made on the Objection/Comment Form, which is available on the District’s website, at the Central Office for the Randolph County Board of Education, or in the Principal’s office at all Randolph County Schools. Written comments and objections must be submitted pursuant to the instructions on the form, and must be postmarked by May 7, 2021, or electronically submitted by May 10, 2021.
If you have any questions, you may contact the District’s counsel, Sarahanne Vaughan, at (205) 521-8629; Private Plaintiffs’ counsel, Stanley Gray, at (334) 727-4830; or counsel for the United States, Kelly Gardner, at (202) 598-9603.
This notice will be (i) provided by email to a parent or guardian of each student enrolled with the District; (ii) published in the Randolph Leader, including the electronic version on its website, once a week for three consecutive weeks (April 7, April 14, and April 21, 2021); (iii) prominently posted at all Randolph County Schools and at the Central Office from April 6–May 14, 2021; (iv) posted from April 6–May 14, 2021, on the District’s website and on each school’s website; and (v) posted on the District’s Twitter page, once a week for three consecutive weeks beginning April 7, 2021.