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Woolbright wins school board election; Childress and Nix in runoff

By: 22 September 2011 One Comment

Yes, you heard it here first — the Benton School Board election is in the books.

Well, actually you probably read about the election results elsewhere as we’re over 24 hours late with the results. Still, we’re going to make a record of it.

At any rate, elections were held Tuesday for two school board positions. Jonathan Woolbright defeated Peggy Butler in one race while another one between incumbent Paul Childress and challengers Heath Nix and Michael Pafford resulted in a runoff. That race will take place in Oct. 11 and is between Childress and Nix.

For polling places, polling times and related information, click here. Of course, we at First Arkansas News saw the election as the perfect opportunity to find out something that’s puzzled Benton citizens for a few months now — what happened to Tony Prothro? He, of course, was named superintendent in 2006 and was suspended in April by the School Board for reasons that weren’t explained at the time.

Sadly, those reasons remain unexplained. It turns out that people running for the School Board will say all kinds of things to get a vote. However, they won’t violate state law by discussing specific personnel matters.

All we know is that Prothro did something (or a number of things) and the School Board didn’t like it (or them).

Sorry. We tried.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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One Comment »

  • joe said:

    However, they won’t violate state law by discussing specific personnel matters.
    Prothro and Dan Jordan released my file when I resigned?
    Is that not a violation too?

    Joe Bob Wise

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