Union County leaders unaware of TNVA contract until after deal

Union County leaders unaware of TNVA contract until after deal is made

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - Union County Mayor Mike Williams told 6 News the county commission knew nothing about the deal between the county and Tennessee Virtual Academy until after the three-year contract was already signed.

Director of Schools Wayne Goforth argued it is the school board's role to enter into contracts with educational vendors.

"The school board made the decision," Goforth said. "They are in the education business. The commission is not in the education business."

Goforth did admit the board could have done a better job at communicating with county leaders.

"It could have been done," Goforth said. "We could have gone to the County Commission but to do a three-year contract, the school board doesn't have to."

"It's not the way to do business," Williams said.

Williams said the county is fulfilling the contract because it's already a done deal but he said the problem is that the County Commission wasn't given the opportunity to explore all the options first.

"Maybe the county still would have been on board to do this but they would have known all the ramifications, the good or the bad within it," Williams said.

Williams said no disciplinary action was taken against Goforth or the school board but said instead the commission issued an unofficial warning.

"I would not go out get a loan and put your name on it without your knowledge because you know that's what they did," Williams said. "They potentially could have put our county in harm's way."

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