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'It's on' — school board prez and union leader

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

The deteriorating relations between the four-member controlling bloc of the Pulaski County School Board and the teachers union, which the majority wants to oust, is getting poisonous.

Evidence: A new blog detailing some of the goings on.

The lastest post contains a letter from union president Marty Nix to Board president Tim Clark, who had Nix removed from a School Board meeting Tuesday night.

Dear Mr. Clark:

I have been given the message that you sent to me; however, your message of “It’s on!” does not appear to be a message that one adult would convey to another unless the context in which you use it has changed over the months. I remember you saying those exact words to Mrs. Tatum after she refused to do what you wanted her to do and that was to vote to fire Mr. Sharpe. I believe that, not long after you said that to her, you and Mr. Wood had Mrs. Tatum recalled as Board President. I can only assume that, by having that same message delivered to me, you plan to do something similar in nature to me; and, while I do not understand why you continue to behave in such a childish manner, I will keep my guard up and continue to do everything in my power to keep this on a professional level.

It goes on.

Clark said: "There's not a word of truth in anything that woman wrote." He said he was frustrated that some of the loudest critics of the school board have said slanderous things about several board members but, as public officials, they had little recourse. He wrote more later:

Every time this woman opens her mouth, it proves to the public what we, the district, have been dealing with for the past two years. Unfortunately, this is her normal mode of operation. She has attacked the other three that voted against the union and it's simply my turn now. The entire letter is full of lies and her hope is that I'll respond to it. Quite frankly, I thought it was comical at first glance. ...once again, a poor attempt to take my attention away from what's truly important - to provide the students of our district a world class education.

The content of her letter is outdated. She has used most all of this against me in the past and the news outlets have chosen to ignore it. If you notice, every time she attacks me, we get a new or different version of each allegation. The "straw that broke the camel's back" for me was when I went to Russia with my sister to adopt her infant son. It was a joyous occasion! I returned home to find that people were being told that I was the newest member of the Russian Mafia! Of everything that I've heard thus far, this one takes the cake!

Union members are dropping out like flies and most do not agree with Ms. Nix's union 101 tactics. She is running scared and knows that very soon she will have to return to the classroom.

The sad part is, she can and will, most likely, continue this type of behavior. The bottom line is this solidifies my previous actions and beliefs when it comes to her organization. I will not change my mind or vote!

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