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Community reacts to superintendent getting home bought by school

BAY, AR (KAIT)- The Bay Board of Education agreed to buy a home for the superintendent at Tuesday's board meeting.

Superintendent Chip Layne said this home could be a good investment for the district.

"This is not a house for me, now I will live in it if they purchase it and the school has said that they want to pay for it but they are looking at it as a recruitment tool on down the line,"Layne said.

Layne has been the superintendent of Bay School District for 12 years and says this house would be more for administration and not just him.

"Chip Layne will never see the title on this home," he said. "I think that some of this stems from the last three superintendents me included, did not live in the district."

But some Bay residents felt differently.

"If they are going to put money anywhere they should put that back to the kids because school is for the kids," said Bay resident, Johnny Pagaan.

"In my opinion, they've broken the trust of the people, they are suppose to be stewarts over the tax payer dollars," said Joseph Weir.

"I was a little shocked, not a commonplace purchase, I've never heard of other school districts doing that before," said David Hundley who works in Bay. 

Some Bay High School students said they would like to see more money invested in programs at school.

"They've cut back on gifted and talented programs which me and Nathan are both involved in as well as a lot of students in school," said junior, Raven Francomano.

"There are so many students who could benefit from this money besides just the superintendent and his family," said junior, Nathan Smith.

Layne said he asked a financial advisor to figure out payments for a house costing about $150,000.

"The money would be local money. There is not going to be any money generated for this, I mean it will be money that the district already has," he said.

Layne said the school board will take the public's concerns into consideration before making a final decision. The Bay School District will start school on Monday.

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