|Updated: 12/15/2009 8:40 am
||Published: 12/14/2009 8:40 pm
More problems for former Broken Arrow Superintendent Dr. Jim Sisney. School board members he is suing over his dismissal now want to counter-sue him. Fox 23's Douglas Clark has more.
Sisney has been the superintendent here in Sperry since April. He inherited a host of problems when he took over and also brought with him some problems of his own. But some care more about the job he’s doing, rather than his personal problems.
“I actually think he’s doing a great job here,” says parent Jennifer Hagan.
Hagan has four kids in the Sperry school system. She says she’s noticed a difference in the district since Superintendent Jim Sisney took over.
“They listen to the kids better. Things seem to be going better. Financially, things seem to be going better,” says Hagan.
Over the past two years, Sperry has dealt with controversy, including allegations of misconduct against High School Principal Tim Weaver that were later dismissed.
But Sisney has brought with him problems of his own. He was terminated as Superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools amid controversy, following a dispute over a school contract with an air conditioning company. Sisney also filed a defamation lawsuit against the B.A. school board. Now two current and one former B.A. school board member want to file a counter-suit for abuse of process and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
When asked if the lawsuit concerns her at all, Jennifer Hagan replied, “No. I think what he did in Broken Arrow was right. If he found out the school board was doing wrong, then I think he’s right.”
According to court documents, officials found e-mails on Sisney’s computer, threatening board members. One e-mail said: “If he did not receive a good evaluation from the district and did not have his contract extended, he would “create a public relations nightmare for these defendants and the school district.” Another e-mail said Sisney would: “bring hell down to bear on those who would dare to cross him."
“I’ve talked to Mr. Sisney and he just doesn’t seem like that kind of man. And I don’t think he would do that,” says Hagan.
In August, the Sperry school board voted to make Sisney the permanent superintendent. He has a one year contract.