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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Little Rock School Board sics lawyer on Facebook page

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

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Blog commenters have mentioned creation of a Facebook page to follow the search for a new school superintendent. The page incorporates the School District logo, shown here, in its design, but it is unrelated to the district.

Items have provided links to news articles about various candidates, including several on Walter Milton Jr., the Springfield superintendent to whom Little Rock School Board member Michael Nellums reportedly reached out the last time Little Rock had an opening.

The Facebook page has gotten the attention of School Board President Dianne Curry, who's already been quoted as being dismissive of newspaper articles (there are lots of them) about Milton's controversies at his current and former job. He's being pushed out the door before the end of this school year with a $178,000 buyout, the local newspaper has revealed. The new Facebook page includes an unverified report that Milton had sought a consulting contract with Little Rock last year.

Curry has sent an e-mail to the district's private lawyers about the Facebook page. It said:

Please address this issue and concern for us. I do not want this to be misleading to any one that this is districts process. We do not want this to indicate that this is the district. I am asking for this to be removed as a connection to the LRSD.

Nellums also commmented in an e-mail to board members:

Who gave them permission to use the LRSD trademark symbol?

The founder of the group contends the logo is not trademarked. He sees the comeback from the board as intimidation by board members backing Milton.

Is LRSD heading to another leadership disaster?

Interesting contrast: Madison, Wisc. school board members asked Milton to withdraw from seeking their superintendent opening after learning about some controversy in his background. They had heard his defense that news articles were inaccurate. Here, Milton made the finalist list despite that knowledge and the Board president has acted forcefully in his behalf since. These facts won't be unnoticed by other candidates.

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