Menifee County School Board Split On Several Issues

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 6/21/2013 1:14 am

State Troopers were called into the Menifee County School Board tonight in case things would get out of hand. The meeting was held in the Menifee County High School Gymnasium to accommodate all of the people.

Heated school board discussions have been common since January according to Superintendent Charles Mitchell.

Tonight, two people, including Mitchell, were threatened to be escorted out of the meeting by police, and the crowd cheered when the board failed to pass a motion to eliminate a staff support caller position.

Mitchell called tonight “mild” when compared to their other recent meetings.

“It’s the toughest time to be superintendent in my entire career,” Mitchell said.

The superintendent said the Menifee School Board Meetings changed in January when they added three new school board members.

Wendell Back, Chairman of the Board, said the division within the board is not as bad as it seems.

“Our job is to question, to oversee, to inquire, research, to do whatever is necessary to do our jobs,” Back said.

Several items were tabled for July including the superintendent’s evaluation, budget items and the Finance Officer Position.

Back said some of the items were tabled because of time restrictions in tonight’s meeting; and for other items, they want to do more research to make the best decision possible.

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