The Lost City School Board of Education will consider hiring an interim superintendent in a special board meeting at 5 p.m. today.

The school board voted last month not to renew the contract for Superintendent Monty “Doc” Montgomery for next school year. Earlier this week, the board voted 2-1 to dismiss Montgomery immediately. He has a right to a hearing and is on suspension with pay pending an appeal.

According to the agenda, the board will vote tonight on hiring David Money for the superintendent’s job and longtime Lost City teacher Debbie Jackson as principal.

Both decisions will be considered by two members of the school board. The third member, clerk Elva Henson, has resigned.

If Money is hired, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees has pledged to pay his salary, said Board President Sharon Gifford.

Lost City School, north of Hulbert in Cherokee County, has 98 students in pre-K through eighth grade.

The school announced earlier this year it needed $250,000 in additional funding to get to the end of the school year. The Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees have agreed to help fund the school so it wouldn’t have to close its doors this month.

Montgomery earlier said he “messed up” when he failed to fill out a one-page form that would have meant $140,000 in mid-term funding from the state.

He declined comment Thursday.

In addition to its financial problems, the school has lost its accreditation for next year. The school will appeal that decision by the state board of education, said attorney Karen Long.



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