MOUNTAIN PINE, Ark. (KTHV) - A school superintendent recently arrested in Garland County is off the job for now.
We're talking about Superintendent Robert Gray with the Mountain Pine School District near Hot Springs. The school board decided to put the superintendent on paid administrative leave until they see what happens at his next court appearance March 20.
All of this stems from that recent arrest, charging Gray with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and third degree battery. And parents were not shy about speaking out on this case Wednesday night.
Griping about their school district, these Mountain Pine parents pass the time Wednesday night as the school board meets in closed session, tackling a major gripe for these folks.
"I think our reputation has been tainted by his carelessness," Constance Matlock said.
Parent Constance Matlock, upset over the February 25th arrest of Mountain Pine Superintendent Robert Gray. Reports from the Garland County Sheriff's office say he was drinking at home and got into argument with his wife. He allegedly wouldn't allow her to leave and got physical with another family member and later police.
"I think that it should cost him his job, I don't wish any bad on anyone but he needs to be an example so our kids know this is not the right thing to do," Matlock said.
"I feel like we should really give him a chance," McElroy said.
Parent LaTonya McElroy feels it's too early to judge Gray.
"I just feel like you should get all the facts together before you decide anything because if you weren't on scene you were not actually aware of what happened," McElroy.
She says up until the latest allegations Gray's done a good job in Mountain Pine.
"He's supporting the district, helping the children and running the business as he should as far as I'm concerned," McElroy said.
It's some support for the embattled superintendent but hard to find in that crowd of teachers in the school board room.
As for any response from Gray, he told us off camera that he's been advised by his attorney not to say anything to the media. The school board immediately adjourned after reading its decision and made no public comments on what transpired.
We're told Gray has been with the district for two years.