Former Newport Superintendent Formally Charged in Altercation

DECEMBER 30, 2004 - Posted at 10:46 a.m. CST

NEWPORT, AR - Charges have been filed against the former Newport School District superintendent and his son for a March 31 scuffle with the co-owner of a cable television station.

Floyd Marshall, 57, and his 26-year-old son Ryan Marshall are scheduled for arraignment on January 24 in Newport District Court.  They are each charged with disorderly conduct.  Also, the elder Marshall was charged with third assault and the son was charged with third degree battery.

The father was suspended in April and forced to resign from his position as Newport schools chief after a fight with David Black, co-owner of a local cable access channel.  The altercation occured during a meeting between the superintendent and Newport media, in which school officials proposed barring media announcers from criticizing officials, coaches or players during athletic events.

The Newport School Board agreed to buy out Marshall's contract through June 30, 2006, for $233,000.  By July, he was back in education, hired as the principal of Carlisle High School.

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