PuCo district chief survives effort to fire him

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An effort by two members of the Pulaski County Special School District's school board to fire the school superintendent has failed.

A motion to fire Superintendent Charles Hopson was made by member Tom Stuthard and seconded by member Gloria Lawrence following a two-hour executive session Monday night. The remaining five members voted to keep Hopson.

Stuthard refused later to comment. Lawrence left immediately after the meeting and did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Hopson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that "this is the life of a superintendent."

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee has recommended that the state Department of Education take over the district - which could mean dissolving the board and appointing a new superintendent.

The district is the state's third largest and has been listed in financial distress.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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