Bronaugh superintendent and principal put on paid leave - KOAM TV 7

Bronaugh superintendent and principal put on paid leave


A month and a half before their contracts were suppose to end, Bronaugh School District Superintendent Patricia Phillips and Principal Brian McArthurs are put on paid leave.

Residents want to know why.

Parents received a letter stating it was to "ensure a smooth transition to the new administration".

"I just find that's kind of interesting because all a sudden we are going to 'ensure a smooth transition' when we've known it's coming all along," says parent Megan Byram.

Byram says paying staff when they are not working is a problem.

"As a tax payer I'd rather they at least be sitting in their office and do that instead of getting paid to basically be on a vacation the rest of their term," Byram says.

Some parents say the letter the school board sent to the district feels vague and doesn't quite answer all of their questions.

"I think we deserve to know because having kids in the school they're suppose to teach them, they're suppose to be telling them what's right and wrong, not doing wrong and not explaining," says parent Andrea Russell.

School board president Chris Baker won't comment beyond the schools initial explanation.

"I can't give details, those are personnel issues between those administraters and the board, no disiplinary action, we just wanted to make sure we'd have a smooth transition next year," Baker says.

For now parents are left with questions and looking to the future.

"I just hope that if the board did have issues and that was their goal to get rid of the two of them then I hope we can move on and look at the best interest for the kids in the district," says Byram.

The school district's next monthly meeting is scheduled for May 10 at the school.

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