ABCE Email Causing Controversy With School Board

An email sent from the Association of Bay County Educators to the district's teachers is causing some controversy.

ABCE Spokesperson Brian Phillips wrote the original email, which he sent to representatives at each of the schools.

The email blasted the current school board proposal of a zero percent salary increase for teachers, among other issues under negotiation.

It further blasted the board for passing a budget in September, renewing the contract with Emerald Bay Academy, which cost about $2.4 million dollars.

Phillips called out four board members writing, "Allen, Sabiston, McFatter, and Brock would rather give school funding to a private Texas company than investing in students and teachers."

However, Board Member Jon McFatter says the email didn't mention all the positives of the Emerald Bay contract.

"Families come in here and a lady stands right over there and says Emerald Bay saved my child. It saved my child, but I don't read that in your email. But yet I'm getting 150 plus emails from employees that are livid because we made a vote that stood for those kids," said McFatter.

"Certainly I put out that email. Yes, I'll live up to that. I'm proud I did, because those teachers are upset. They're upset knowing that next year their compensation may be affected and they want to let their elected officials know that," said Phillips.

Phillips included the board members email addresses in his email and encouraged teachers to contact them.

McFatter says Phillips has the right to disagree with their decision, but purposely creating teacher animosity toward the board was unprofessional.

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