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Monday, June 13, 2011

Pulaski superintendent survives firing vote

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 7:16 PM

The Pulaski County School Board has a special emergency meeting at 5 p.m. for an executive session to discuss personnel. Will the Board go after Superintendent Charles Hopson, who has been pretty firm in insisting on exercising administrative powers and implicitly criticizing some past board actions? Or will there be some discussion on suspended Mills Principal Michael Nellums (also a Little Rock School Board member) for his reported scheming with Pulaski Board member Tim Clark to create a problem for Board member Gwen Williams.

In that Hopson suspended Nellums, whose story on the Gwen Williams' sting has importance to Tim Clark, I think Clark should absent himself from either potential discussion on account of personal entanglements. Actually, Clark should absent himself permanently from the School Board on account of his role in the stunt, but he has shown no inclination to do so.

I can't go to the meeting, but will attempt to check in on the outcome. Contributions are welcome from any who might be able to drop by.

UPDATE: Does it help Hopson that he appeared at the public comment section of the Arkansas Board of Education meeting to defend the work of the School Board in trying to fix financial problems?

UPDATE II: Twitter from Deb Roush, the district's spokeswoman:

Board mbr Tom Stuthard makes motion to fire Hopson. Seconded by Lawrence. In 5-2 vote he stays.

Hopson says he is looking to future and plans new facilities and progress for PCSSD. "I serve at will of the board," he says.

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