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PCSSD letter fuels debate

The leader of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers is upset about a letter written by the Pulaski County Special School Board president.

The leader of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers is upset about a letter written by the Pulaski County Special School Board president.

Tim Clark e-mailed a two page single-spaced letter to every teacher and sent it home with every student. It's the latest chapter in the battle between the PCSSD and PACT.

In the letter, Clark discusses among other things, why he voted against ratifying PACT's contract proposal and why he's upset about the union suing the district, but PACT President Marty Nix thinks Clark over-stepped his authority.

"To spend thousands in taxpayer dollars to send out copies of a ridiculous, immature and vindictive letter is absolutely ludicrous," said Nix.

The district's attorney reviewed the letter before it went out.

"I think the letter really sets out very well what should be done, I mean, the district's interest is in educating children and approving student achievement," said attorney Jay Bequette.

"18-thousand copies even at a quarter, even a quarter, per copy when teachers are being told there's a shortage of paper for instructional purposes, to spend that kind of money on sending out a letter like that is just thoroughly ludicrous," added Nix.

"Typical union comment. I mean, that's not true, that if there are any issues like that in the district, I think the district needs to know about it," says Clark.

"Is this really just a fight between you and Marty Nix?" asked FOX16's Kelly Dudzik.

"Personally, I think Marty Nix is a fine lady. She's doing a job that she's been hired to do by the union, and it's my responsibility to do what's right for the kids. By us sending the letter out, it was to explain what's happening to the parents. It was nothing personal," said Clark.

Friday, was also the first court hearing for the lawsuit filed by PACT against PCSSD. The district's attorney told FOX16 the judge just had to tell both parties his court reporter has a sister who is a teacher in the district. Neither side had a problem with it.

Next, the district will file a response to the suit and another hearing will likely happen after the first of the year.

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