Phenix City School Board loses three members in five months

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  It's a story that has a lot of people talking, three Phenix City School Board members all ousted within a matter of months.

News Leader Nine was in the room when the Phenix City Council fired the current board president, so what does this mean for the district?

Three school board members have lost their positions in the last five months, all because the Phenix City Council voted them out. The latest member is board president Frankie Horace.

"Frankie Horace is an excellent school board member. He also has the respect of his fellow board members who elected him unanimously to be the new president for my school board when the city council removed my president and vice-president this past May," said Phenix City Superintendent Dr. Larry DiChiara.

Dr. DiChiara says losing school board members and then filling those positions is taking a toll on the school district, "It disregards the importance of board members and the job they do representing the community and our schools. It hurts our schools, it hurts our school system, it hurts this city. It is just another step by this city council to dismantle the school board in order to flex their muscles and exert their power."

Frankie Horace may be out of a position, but he says he has always been proud of the work the Phenix City School Board has done, "We have one of the best district leaders in the surrounding areas. We've been ranked locally and we've been ranked nationally. I think that's a great thing. We should be proud of our school system instead of what's coming out."

The Phenix City School Board has a board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 28th. Board members have made it clear they will continue to have Horace act as president.

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