Jacksonville BoE meeting sparks heated debate

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Parents were outraged when the Jacksonville Board of Education announced that Paul Campbell was stepping down as superintendent of schools.

During the 45 minute meeting on Monday, board members heard from disgruntled parents about the issues they had with the board. However, no comments were made by board members.

“The board knew we were coming with this complaints and they just didn’t care,” said one parent who want to remain anonymous.

The thing parents were fighting for the most was for Superintendent Paul Campbell to keep his job. However, what the got was a different story. Campbell announced his resignation at the meeting.

“It is what it is,” said Campbell.

Parents and members of the Alabama Education Association feel Campbell’s dismissal was a way for the board to cover up some of the other misconduct allegations aimed at the school district. The board claimed they are just moving in another direction.

“In order to get to the next level, sometimes you have to change leadership and that’s not always easy,” said BoE President, Mike Poe.

Parents and AEA allege that the board has had their hands in everything from the misuse of school funds to the push out of the superintendent.

“Show us the truth and it will be fine, but the more they hide, the more it looks bad,” said Jacksonville high school parent, George Cline.



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