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Tony Prothro suspended and we’re not sure why

By: 19 April 2011 2 Comments

The Saline Courier reported that Tony Prothro, the superintendent of the Benton School District since 2006, was suspended with pay by the School Board at a meeting on Monday night.

Dan Jordan, director of personnel and student affairs for the district, has been named interim superintendent. The decision was effective immediately and the school board meant it — by Tuesday afternoon, Prothro’s name was removed from the District Internet site as superintendent and Jordan’s was substituted. Prothro, who lasted four years as superintendent in Benton, came from Arkadelphia where he also held that particular office for four years.

First Arkansas News emailed all seven members of the Benton School Board on Tuesday asking why Prothro had been suspended. Board Member Peggy Butler was the only one to answer that email as of Tuesday night.

“It is a personnel issue,” she said in her email. “I’m not at liberty to speak.”

Stay tuned…

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  • joe said:

    It seems Tony has an issue with only lasting 4 years at schools.
    Perhaps it is because he hires his friends?
    Perhaps he lacks integrity?
    Just curious?

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