Thursday, July 10, 2003

Tax opponent accuses official of intimidation

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP - The treasurer of a group that opposed the Kings schools' bond issue is demanding the school board disavow a letter its president sent to her that accused her of grandstanding and hypocrisy.

The school board has taken no action.

The school district's attorney has responded to a lawyer representing Kim Grant, treasurer for Kings Parents for Education, saying board President Konrad Kircher's letter stated it was not written on behalf of the board, and the board does not see it as an official school action.

Grant feels differently.

"I felt that Mr. Kircher's letter was a form of intimidation and clearly an effort by an elected official to impede on my freedom of speech," she said.

Kircher's two-page letter dated June 18 criticized Grant for not being open and accountable to questions he's repeatedly raised. In his letter, which was not on the school district's stationery, Kircher asked Grant to respond to a number of questions - including how large the group is and when meetings are - by the August board meeting.

Kings Parents for Education had formed in February in opposition to the 4.5-mill bond issue.

Grant and her attorney, Marc Mezibov, said Kircher should not be using his authority as a board official to make her disclose organizational information.

"I asked some fairly innocent questions," Kircher said. "She won't even answer those simple questions."


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