Former Boaz School Chief sues principal, others over alleged bribe

The former school superintendent of the Boaz city school system has filed a lawsuit against a principal, teacher, and two others who claimed he attempted to bribe the principal to retire.

The claims stem from a public board meeting back in march.

But instead of the principal retiring the superintendent did, citing the harassment he received was too great.

The suit filed friday stems from a March 25th Boaz school board meeting in the auditorium of Boaz High School.

The former superintendent claims in the suit he was defamed through false statements made about him.

The suit claims Boaz Elementary Principal Randall Morton publicly stated Superintendent Leland Dishman bribed him to retire and that teachers were afraid that Dishman would punish them if they attended the meeting.

The suit also claims intermediate school teacher Kelly Jolley and family member Valerie Alexander supported Morton's statements which Dishman claims are false.

The suit also maintains that Morton's relative, Chris Alexander threatened Dishman repeatedly on the phone to intimidate and harass him.

Attempts to reach the parities have been unsuccessful.

WHNT channel 19 was also named in the suit.

News Director Denise Vickers says they have not received notification of the suit and cannot comment at this time.