Ex-school employee who sued Autauga BOE seeks board position

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PRATTVILLE — A former Autauga County Schools employee, who sued the system in 2010, is seeking the District 5 seat on the school board.

Kyle Glover, a Republican, has spent more than 20 years teaching in public and private schools as a teacher and coach. His stops included Autaugaville School, Prattville Junior High, and Prattville High School. He was athletic director and head football coach at Wetumpka High School and Marbury High School, and he was head football coach at Autauga Academy.

He also served approximately two years as Autauga County District 2 Commissioner, ending the term of former Commissioner Danny Chavers, who resigned and later pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Autaugaville Water and Sewer Department where he was director.

Glover ran to retain the seat at the end of his term but was defeated.

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Zoning issues and lawsuit

While an AD and coach at Marbury, Glover said he came across documents showing about 250 students who should have been zoned for Marbury High but were attending Prattville Junior High and Prattville High School.

Around the same time, Marbury High’s sports recall account ran out of funds. Glover alleged that board members made statements naming him responsible for the missing funds. (A booster club officer later admitted to taking the money, refunding it, and no one was ever arrested in the matter.)

Glover was fired by the school board as DA and head football coach at Marbury during this time.

In 2010, he filed a civil suit against the then-superintendent and council, alleging the school system conspired to prevent students from attending the school they were zoned for, and accusing district leaders of defame, among other allegations. The lawsuit was dismissed on August 13, 2014, with a non-disclosure stipulation, according to court records.

School board opponent served 30 years

Board member Ledronia Goodwin during an Autauga County School Board meeting at Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

Current District 5 representative Ledronia Goodwin is the only school board member still in office since the complaint was filed. She declined to comment on Glover’s lawsuit or candidacy.

“That was a long time ago,” she said of the costume. “The judge entered into a non-disclosure clause as part of the settlement, and I will continue to honor the judge’s wishes, even after all these years.

“As for the next election, I’m running on my record.”

Goodwin, a Democrat, has served on the council for 30 years. She is seeking her sixth six-year term. She was first elected in 1992 when District 5 was formed as a majority-minority district to facilitate black election to the BOE and Autauga County Commission.

Glover, owner of an outdoor advertising agency, said his experience with the board was a big factor in his decision to run for the school board.

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” he said. “I don’t want another family going through something like this. What they did then was wrong.

“It was much more important than athletics”

Glover is defending his decision to file the 2010 lawsuit, which originally named Montgomery Advertiser and Prattville Progress. The two printed comments from some board members that Glover said were slander, the suit says. The logs were later removed from the suit.

“People see it as just a zoning issue and say, ‘Well, this football coach is just crazy not having the athletes who should be going to his school,'” he said. It’s bigger than that. I found out that about 250 children should have gone to Marbury.

“The state funds schools and determines teaching units based on enrollment. Marbury was losing around 21 teaching units by students not attending. This affected the whole school and the whole community of Marbury. It was much more important than athletics.

Glover said the former board singled him out.

“If I see something wrong, I’ll speak up,” he said. “I had the audacity not to bow to the altar that was Prattville middle and high school athletics at the time.

“I would do the same today.”

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Marty Roney at [email protected]

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