Boaz BoE president says superintendent still holds position, could not comment on alleged move to buy out contract

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BOAZ, Ala. — The Boaz City Schools Board of Education says it can’t discuss the claims that its superintendent’s time with the school system could be coming to an end.

At a board meeting Thursday night, Superintendent Mark Isley’s future in that position was not on the agenda.

Isley told WHNT News 19 earlier in the week that his status as superintendent is “up in the air.”

Isley said he was told this week the board planned to buy out his contract, but said he was not given a reason.

“Mark Isley is still the board, is still the superintendent of Boaz City Schools, and the future is bright for our school system,” Board of Education President Rick Thompson said Thursday at the meeting.

Thompson says he isn’t able to discuss anything further, and could not comment if the board was planning to take the action, what the reasoning could be if so, and when it could happen. “Of course you should know, even if there were, I’m not, I wouldn’t be able to discuss them. So right now, Mark Isley is our superintendent,” Thompson said.

While nothing was said about Isley at the meeting, dozens of students and parents were there in support of him. “This is actually a call-to-action letter that was written by some students at Boaz High School,” says former student Riley Young holding a folder, “A petition was actually just sent around today and there’s over 300 signatures from high school students alone, calling for the support of Dr. Isley.”

More than 320 students and parents signed a petition. “He’s cared about students on a level unlike I’ve ever seen before,” Young says, “I think we’ve had three superintendents in my time of being at Boaz before I graduated, and Mark just always stood out. He was very passionate about having a personal relationship with the students. That really made an impact on our school.”

Isley  has three years left on his contract. He is on medical leave at the moment and will be until June. He did not disclose the reason.

Isley said his contract stipulates the school board can buy out his remaining term.