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Conway School Board member's question reveals Collum is only superintendent getting paid to work for CJI

Only one other school superintendent teaches for the Criminal Justice Institute. Unlike Conway's Jeff Collum, that superintendent does not accept pay other than travel expenses, an institute official said.
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Conway School Board clamps down on teachers with new policies on media interviews, use of school technology

The Conway School Board puts new limits on staff communication.

Conway superintendent runs outside education consultant business

Conway School District Superintendent Jeff Collum operates his own educational consultant business and can work on it during school hours. His deputy superintendent also consults for the business.

Conway School Board considers policies to curtail employees' speech

Among the changes is a proposal that district employees must report any contact from the media, even if they don't grant an interview.

Religious rightwing candidates win seats on Conway School Board

The politically active Christian right wing has claimed two seats on the Conway School Board.

Two Conway School Board elections are on the ballot

Voters will decide two races for the Conway School Board. Neither one of them is without controversy.

Conway School superintendent, board member seek to mix religion into public education

A Conway School Board member who's seeking a full term in Tuesday's elections tried to shame his opponent on Facebook on Thursday for not joining in a National Day of Prayer event outside the Faulkner County Courthouse. And the school district's superintendent announced at the courthouse event that he believes we need prayer in schools.

Collum disputes illegal meeting report; let's see what the FOI Handbook has to say

Conway Schools Superintendent Jeff Collum said polling board members individually to establish guidelines before a recent meeting was a fine and legal thing to do. Arkansas case law says otherwise.

Conway School Board illegally took action outside the public eye, according to member's statement

The Conway School Board met privately (and illegally) to agree on ground rules before a recent meeting, according to board member Linda Hargis.

UPDATE: Thin-skinned Conway School Board abruptly adjourns meeting rather than listen to criticism

The Conway School Board adjourned abruptly Tuesday night to avoid hearing from members of the public who had come to speak. This refusal by elected officials to listen to their constituents is virtually unheard of, but fits the pattern for the increasingly authoritarian Conway school board.

Conway school employee who signed NDA gets job with LR School District; email reveals superintendent's unhappiness before her departure

You may remember KK Bradshaw, the deputy superintendent whose contract the Conway School District bought out after she and Superintendent Jeff Collum signed a nondisclosure agreement.

Journalism organization urges Conway School District to open board meetings to public and media

An organization of Arkansas journalists has urged the Conway School District to move board meetings to a larger venue when needed to accommodate the public. The letter came after a meeting earlier this month where both journalists and community members were turned away at the door because the room was at capacity.