A measure that would reimburse Inglewood School Board member Caroline Coleman for $12,721 in attorney fees spent in her felony embezzlement trial failed in a 2-2 deadlock this week.
The measure will come up again April 7 when Trustee William Dorn, who was absent from Monday night's school board meeting, returns. He has supported reimbursement in past discussions.
Coleman and Ernest Shaw voted for reimbursement, Rose Mary Benjamin and William (Tony) Draper against it.
Several measures to reimburse Coleman have been removed from past board agendas because some members thought Coleman had a conflict of interest and should abstain from voting.
"I think she should abstain since this will obviously be of financial benefit to her," Draper said at Monday's meeting.
But one of the school district's attorneys, Artis C. Grant Jr., cited a State Administrative Code provision that allows school board members to vote on reimbursement matters even when they are directly involved.