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Ethics Commission clears HSV City Schools from accusations of using board money for campaigns

The Ethics Commission said allegations against Huntsville City Schools are "not true." (Source: WAFF) The Ethics Commission said allegations against Huntsville City Schools are "not true." (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville City Schools have been cleared by the Ethics Commission in a case filed against school board members and the superintendent.

A general counsel with the commission said the allegations against the school board filed against a previous school board candidate are "not true." The school board was accused of paying The Driscoll Group to perform services while also helping members of the school board in their campaigns at expense of the school board.

The Alabama State Ethics Commission launched an investigation into Huntsville City Schools leaders after a former school board candidate lodged several complaints over finances.

Anson Knowles unsuccessfully ran for Huntsville City School Board last election, and after waiting several months, he contacted the Ethics Commission and said it had nothing to do with the campaign. 

Knowles said the complaints stemmed from money he claimed the district exchanged with a PR firm run by David Driscoll while several board members were seeking office.

Statement from Huntsville City Schools:

The Alabama Ethics Commission is closing the case filed against school board members and the superintendent. In a letter to school board attorney J.R. Brooks, Hugh Evans, III, General Counsel for the Ethics Commission, said that after a careful review of the information, he was satisfied that “the allegations are not true”, and sees no reason to go further.

Anson Knowles, a candidate for the Huntsville City School Board who lost in a runoff last year, filed the complaints against the school board members and the superintendent. The claims centered around the use of the Driscoll Group, which the district has used for communications related needs.

The Ethics Commission letter further states that “we are closing our file in this matter.”

You can read the letter from the Alabama State Ethics Commission here.

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