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Meeting in Henryville gets heated after thousands of emails sent by political action committee to school parents

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- More than 4,000 emails sent to West Clark parents about an upcoming referendum vote could have broken state law.

The mass email was sent from a local political action committee that supports the $95 million proposed referendum. The chairman of the group was sent a letter by West Clark Community Schools Superintendent Chad Schenck, saying the directory was used improperly. 

Parents were told to keep talks about schools, and Schenck said he would not discuss any emails.

Parent: "Are you running this meeting?"

Schenck: "I said we're going to be civil."

Parent: "I'm being civil. I ain't come over there and slap you upside the head -- what you need!"

More than 100 people showed up, and it was a heated meeting.

"If there's anybody that wants to talk and address (emails) during community input," Schenck said while shaking his head no, "I've made that statement."

Chris Rountree is the chairman of Taxpayers for West Clark schools, and his name was on that e-mail. Rountree said district leader told him he could request the directory as public record.

"I was led in the wrong direction," he said. "Unfortunately, from a school board and school corporation standpoint, I've been made the scapegoat."

Although Rountree was speaking out against central office, he still supports the $95 million vote. 

The superintendent and the board are expected to discuss those emails at the next board meeting on Thursday.

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