Superintendent Mike Hickman speaks at a protest against the Reporter. (Photo/Don Daniel)

Monroe County’s school board is expected to discuss superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman’s plan to sever or limit the school system’s ties to the Monroe County Reporter on July 9.

Hickman led a protest against the newspaper on June 13, accusing the Reporter of unfairness and bias. Hickman announced his support for the protest on Facebook after his favored school board candidates won in the June 9 primary.

He then emailed board members saying he would like to discuss the relationship with the Reporter. A called meeting is set to start at 3:30 p.m. with a discussion session with the official meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. 

School board member Stuart Pippin said he thinks the schools and Reporter should continue their relationship because it brings lots of positive coverage for local children.

“If Monroe County Schools severs ties with the Monroe County Reporter, our students will be negatively affected,” said Pippin. “They will not be recognized for their academic, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments community-wide.” 

Parents and taxpayers can call school board members to let them know how they feel about the issue. Board members and their numbers are Stuart Pippin (957-2446), Priscilla Doster (993-7166), Eva Bilderback (461-1881), JP Evans (994-6773), Judy Pettigrew (994-5416), Greg Head (992-0045) and Nolen Howard (993-7126).