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guest

Tyler, TX

#1 Nov 30, 2010
Did B. Neal win the lawsuit with the school board?
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#2 Dec 1, 2010
According to the Modern News, it looks that way.
Good For Him

Blytheville, AR

#3 Dec 2, 2010
Good for him
Harrisburg Resident

Newton, IA

#4 Dec 3, 2010
guest wrote:
Did B. Neal win the lawsuit with the school board?
Isn't it sad that both sides had to spend thousands of dollars in lawyer fees over something that should have never happened. When people make stupid decisions, like the board members did, it would seem fair if the legal fees came out of their own pockets, instead of the taxpayers. Now, they are back at square one with the same two options--expand the board to 7, with 5 from Harrisburg and 2 from Weiner (my choice) or to draw lots, which is a legal way to resolve the matter. Who knows, Mr. Neal might be the unlucky one in a draw. I hope the board members have learned a lesson from this fiasco, and if not, I hope every single one of them loses the next school board election.
Lesson

Harrisburg, AR

#5 Dec 3, 2010
And the thing about this is, the board spent over 40,000 of our tax money knowing they were wrong. That shows what type of leaders we have in our school.
wondering

Harrisburg, AR

#6 Dec 3, 2010
40,000 for what . i know that there was not that much spent on lawyer fees . is that a figure you pulled out of the air or what
guest

United States

#7 Dec 3, 2010
I believe Mr. Sample told one of the board members it was about $36000-$37000.
lol

Jonesboro, AR

#8 Dec 7, 2010
I hope you people can have live with this kind
of things that Harrisburg has been doing. Weiner
has been told by the State that this is better
for Weiner is not better off. You need a new
school board-or better people to run it...
Lesson

Harrisburg, AR

#9 Dec 8, 2010
I also heard from someone that the board will continue to waste our money and appeal. They just don't get it! YOU ARE WRONG! You have already spent enough for a teachers salary. You are wasting money.Guess everyone needs to know. Everyone needs to start writing letters to the editor. People need to know how much money they are spending.
WHO KNOWS

Harrisburg, AR

#10 Dec 8, 2010
whether you are wrong or not depends on which side of the fence you are on. the only way to correct the matter is in the next election
Guest

Dallas, TX

#11 Dec 22, 2010
There was an article in the paper about the school board not being able to conduct business until the judge makes a decision about their appeal. I was just wondering what all the school employees thought about not getting a Christmas bonus. I heard that they get one every year and didn't this year.
Pebbles

Blytheville, AR

#12 Dec 23, 2010
Guest wrote:
There was an article in the paper about the school board not being able to conduct business until the judge makes a decision about their appeal. I was just wondering what all the school employees thought about not getting a Christmas bonus. I heard that they get one every year and didn't this year.
The judge made a decision today. He granted a stay which allows the board to stay the way it is and allows them to conduct business as usual
guest

United States

#13 Dec 23, 2010
The lead story in The Jonesboro Sun does not exactly say the board will stay the way it is and that they can conduct business as usual. According the the paper the judge says they breached the law. If they can conduct business as usual, why do they have to draw lots on Jan. 10? If they did not break the law, they would have to draw lots? If they had not broken the law, there would be no drawing of lots.
Lesson

Harrisburg, AR

#14 Dec 23, 2010
Guest wrote:
There was an article in the paper about the school board not being able to conduct business until the judge makes a decision about their appeal. I was just wondering what all the school employees thought about not getting a Christmas bonus. I heard that they get one every year and didn't this year.
Get real, they have never gotten a bonus.
Lesson

Harrisburg, AR

#15 Dec 23, 2010
Judge: Board breached law

By Anthony Childress

HARRISBURG — Poinsett County Circuit Judge John Fogleman on Wednesday stayed his earlier ruling that the Harrisburg School Board violated state law by its removal of member Byron Neal earlier this year and set a solution in motion.

“I am issuing a stay of my decision for 90 days,” Fogleman said of the late November decision he made pertaining to Neal’s lawsuit against the Harrisburg School District.

Neal’s suit alleged the district and the board had acted improperly in reducing board members after an interim board was established July 1.

The interim body was created as part of a consolidation agreement approved by the Harrisburg and Weiner boards, along with the state Board of Education, to merge the two districts as of July 1, the beginning of a new fiscal year, after a lengthy battle by Weiner to retain its standing as a district ended.

Neal’s suit was filed June 7 in Poinsett County Circuit Court against HSD and board members Frankie Lindsey, Fonda Eaton, Barry Massengill and Greg Reddmann.

Fogleman’s previous ruling not only sided with Neal’s contention on the board reduction matter but also forbade the interim board from conducting any business until the situation could be addressed by those members who served before the annexation occurred. The judge’s latest ruling affirms that position.

“I am ordering that lots be drawn [by the five members, including Neal] at the next board meeting on Jan. 10,” Fogleman ruled, following a request by Neal’s attorney, Dennis Zolper of Jonesboro, that it be done within the next several days.

The member drawing the “short straw” will lose his or her seat.

The Harrisburg board met March 8 and 9 to discuss a 5-member interim board as a result of the consolidation. It was to have four Harrisburg seats and one from Weiner. The Harrisburg board did not take action that first day, but on March 9 Lindsey, Reddmann and Massengill voted for a plan to vote four of its five members on the interim body.

Fogleman said in his earlier ruling that Harrisburg, prior to the annexation, did not follow Arkansas Code annotated 6-13-1412 when setting Harrisburg representatives on the interim board.

The law provides two avenues for reducing the number — voluntary resignation by one or more board members or by drawing lots, the judge said. In addition, he noted that it appeared that neither Harrisburg or Weiner boards “specifically discussed forming an interim board or forming it under any specific section of Arkansas law.”

The school district’s attorneys, Little Rock’s Jay Bequette and Scott Smith, talked with Zolper and Fogleman in the courtroom after the hearing to clarify how to move ahead. The judge reiterated his stance that drawing lots would be the route to take.

“We will make certain that everything is done fairly and openly,” Bequette said, as district Superintendent Danny Sample and others, including Neal and Eaton, looked on.

Sun staff writer Michael Wilkey contributed to this report.
Guest

United States

#16 Dec 25, 2010
I heard they are having a meeting Monday night. I wonder what about?
Bluebell

Blytheville, AR

#17 Dec 26, 2010
They Probably figureded out a way to cut the straws so that Neal will draw the shortest one. Im sure the 3 amigos have figureded out a way to cheat to keep him out.
laughing

Trumann, AR

#18 Dec 26, 2010
they are all corrupt and a joke! from the mayor (ex) down to the so called "town council" to the school board.

it's all about "who you know" and each of them scratching each others back!

none of them would know honesty even if it came up and bit them in the butt!

They LIKE being the "haves" and keeping the "have nots" under their thumb.
duhhh

United States

#19 Dec 26, 2010
if laughing is so smart and knows so much why dont he run for something. oh he runs his mouth
student

Blytheville, AR

#20 Dec 27, 2010
is there a meeting tonight cause I would like to go if so

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