Tallahassee Reports has been provided with a document drafted by attorney Ron Meyer in response to an article written earlier this week addressing a property transaction between Superintendent Jackie Pons and former Assistant Superintendent Paul Byrd.
The document was produced for Superintendent Pons and was provided to Tallahassee Reports by Leon County School Board officials.
The section addressing the Byrd transaction is listed below. Click on image to enlarge.
The previous story can be read here.
The document contains a five paragraph section addressing the purchase of the lot on St. George Island from Paul Byrd.
For the most part, the document confirms the facts provided by Tallahassee Reports. However, new information about the transaction was provided.
The document indicates that the sale of the lot back to Paul Byrd two years later for the same amount it was bought for in 2008 “merely reflects an informal right of first refusal which (Pons) agreed to with the Byrds.”
With regards to a potential conflict due to Byrd’s position at the School Board, the attorney concluded that “The fact that Byrd is an employee of the School District is of no moment legally. The transaction is not a prohibited one.”
While the attorney opinion concludes the transaction is legal, Tallahassee Reports asked School Board officials about the perception of such a transaction and if the transaction violates any School Board policies.
Tallahassee Reports will publish comments when they are received.
There was no comment in the analysis about the original sales price and the market value of the lot.