PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff School board held a termination hearing Tuesday night for superintendent Jerry Payne.
It's all part of Payne's due process rights since receiving a termination notice from the board back in early March. It's effective June 30 of this year. But the original letter gave no reason why.
Some clues emerged during Tuesday night's hearing, like allegations that Payne failed to communicate dealings with vendors to the board and did not provide copies of checks in some cases. Payne denied that and fired back with what he called an "ongoing problem" of board members over-reaching their power.
"They have interfered with day-to-day operations by simply not allowing me as a superintendent to operate and run the school system," Payne said.
It was said at the hearing, in total, there were 26 allegations listed in a letter from the board to Payne and his attorney. And Tuesday night's hearing was supposed to tackle all of them. Today's THV was not able to stay for the entire hearing and we tried to get an update from Payne by phone before our newscast. But we received no return call as of 10 p.m.
Superintendent Payne just finished the first year of a three-year contract with the district. To read more background from Today's THV on this termination story, click here.