Michael Nellums teaching again | Arkansas Blog

Monday, September 19, 2011

Michael Nellums teaching again

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

MICHAEL NELLUMS
  • MICHAEL NELLUMS
I guess you could add Michael Nellums, the retired Mills High principal and Little Rock School Board member to the ranks of the state's "double dippers." But that's not the reason I pass this along.

Background: Nellums took retirement in June after 26 years in the teaching profession just a few steps ahead of completion of a Pulaski County School District investigation into his involvement in a plot to discredit a County School Board member. The plot, involving a videotape of a bogus bribery sting, was a Keystone Kops affair that produced a scathing report by Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley, but no criminal charges. Nellums and others were sued by the then-School Board member, Gwen Williams, for defamation. He has denied allegations in the suit.

By retiring, Nellums prevented disclosure of anything the district investigation might have turned up about his activities in the alleged plot or anything else untoward in the school district. His personnel file only could have been disclosed had he been fired or suspended. Nellums has objected previously to my characterizations of the matter and has said he has other views on the sting, Gwen Williams and more, but so far has not shared those thoughts publicly. He remains on the Little Rock School Board.

Today's belated news: Nellums is back at work. He's being paid $41,800 to teach business education at the state Division of Youth Services' Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center near Alexander, which houses youthful offenders, including some of the most violent. He was hired by the private company running the facility, G4S. I asked state Human Services spokesman about Nellums' hire and knowledge of his past. Amy Webb's response:

Mr. Nellums is in a limited role as the Business Education teacher at the center's school. He is not in a management or supervisory role. G4S is accountable for ensuring that he thrives as a classroom teacher. If he doesn't, we expect G4S to take appropriate action. So far, the principal at the school has described him as very professional and an enthusiastic and motivated teacher.

Mr. Nellums, who has 26 years experience in education, was hired Aug. 29. Before he was hired, he passed a criminal background check as well as checks of the adult and child maltreatment registry.

Tags: , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Municipal League targets FOI law changes

    The Arkansas Municipal League adopted four resolutions at its convention last week endorsing legislative changes in the state Freedom of Information Act. Some will not be well-received.
    • Jun 18, 2018
  • Monday's open line. Children in cages

    The open line and the daily news roundup, beginning with the caged concentration camps operated by the U.S. on our southern border.
    • Jun 18, 2018
  • Democrats choose new House leaders

    The House Democratic caucus has chosen Rep. Charles Blake of Little Rock as the new minority leader, succeeding Rep. David Whittaker of Fayetteville. Rep. LeAnne Burch of Monticello was chosen whip of the group.
    • Jun 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Viewed

  • Municipal League targets FOI law changes

    The Arkansas Municipal League adopted four resolutions at its convention last week endorsing legislative changes in the state Freedom of Information Act. Some will not be well-received.
  • Former senator Jake Files gets 18-month prison sentence

    UPDATE: Federal Judge P.K. Holmes this morning sentenced former Republican Sen. Jake Files to 18 months in prison for scheming to divert state money into his own pocket and his failing construction company.
  • Freedom of choice: A new force for segregation in schools

    An in-depth report here on evidence of segregation in charter schools from the nonpartisan Hechinger Report (also the basis of an NBC TV report last night).
  • Democrats choose new House leaders

    The House Democratic caucus has chosen Rep. Charles Blake of Little Rock as the new minority leader, succeeding Rep. David Whittaker of Fayetteville. Rep. LeAnne Burch of Monticello was chosen whip of the group.
  • What took so long? A new legal problem for Sen. Hutchinson

    Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's mishandling of a lawsuit, subject of an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today, is old news to readers of the Arkansas Blog. A new lawsuit looks a little like rear-covering from here.

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation