Another Twist in Bolinger Case

The state administrative law judge assigned to the Larry Bolinger case has rejected a request to send the case to mediation.

Monday, lawyers for Bolinger and Bay County School Board members asked for mediation as well as a continuance for the administrative hearing. Apparently they were hoping to push the hearing date from November 1 to November 13, giving them a couple of weeks to reach a settlement and avoid more legal costs.

But Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Hood denied the two motions Tuesday, so the hearing will go on as scheduled November 1.

Superintendent James McCalister is challenging the board's legal authority to overturn his decision to transfer Bolinger from the principal's job at Bay High to the same job at Jinks Middle School.

The move prompted a backlash with students and parents rushing to Bolinger's defense.

Even if the judge finds in favor of McCalister, the school board has the option to accept the ruling or ignore it.