The Randolph County Board of Education hereby gives notice of a hearing to approve a consent decree in the school desegregation case known as Lee v. Randolph County Board of Education, et al., Civil Action No. 3:70-CV-847, United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Eastern Division. This litigation originally began as part of a statewide school desegregation case, Lee v. Macon County Board of Education, et al., (M.D. Ala., Civ. Action No. 604-E). In 1970, this Court entered a "Terminal Desegregation Order" for the Randolph County School System to be implemented effective with the 1970-71 school year. Subsequently, the United States Department of Justice initiated enforcement actions related to the desegregation order, and the parties entered into a Consent Decree on December 15, 1994. Between December 15, 1994 and March 31, 2009, the Court issued a series of orders aimed at achieving the Court's mandate of eliminating the vestiges of past discrimination and desegregating the school system. On October 15, 2009, the parties filed a Joint Status Report indicating that the remaining desegregation issues in dispute were personnel hiring, assignments, and quality of education (discipline).

The United States submitted a final Proposed Consent Decree for court approval on September 20, 2010. The United States avers that the Proposed Consent Decree is consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and federal law and its entry will further orderly desegregation of the Randolph County School System. The attorneys for the Plaintiffs and the Randolph County Board of Education have no outstanding objections to same. Copies of documents about this process are available for review at the Central Office of the Randolph County Board of Education, 14 Broad Street East, Wedowee, Alabama 36278.

United States Magistrate Judge Terry F. Moorer has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at 9 a.m., Courtroom 4A, Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse Complex, One Church Street, Montgomery, Alabama to determine whether or not the motion by the United States should be granted. The hearing is open to the public and the court invites objections and comments from any interested parties. Written objections and comments should be made on forms which are available at the Central Office of The Randolph County Board of Education and at all Randolph County System Schools. Written comments and objections must be submitted to the court at the address indicated on the form and must be postmarked no later than February 12, 2011. No person will be heard orally at the hearing unless that person has filed such a written objection or comment by that time.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Randolph County School Board representative: Superintendent Paul Gay at (256)357-4611; private plaintiff's counsel Mr. Solomon Seay at 334-272-2679; or Counsel for the United States: Franz Marshall at 202-514-4092.

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