Lawsuits, an allegation of assault, boycotting of meetings, and reassigning of seats. That's what is coming out of the squabbling between Diane Douglas and the Arizona Board of Education. Douglas decided to skip the board meeting because she says the President is "unable to control his temper," meanwhile the board moved ahead with a plan to file a lawsuit against Douglas.
"Her not showing up today was continued political grandstanding with regards with what she tried to do," said Charles Schmidt.
The board members are fed up with Diane Douglas and are poised to take her to court, threatening to file a lawsuit if she doesn't comply with their decisions. Douglas already filed her own lawsuit against the board that has since been dismissed.
On Tuesday, the board's President responded to allegations that he assaulted Douglas during an exchange of words last month.
"I did not grab her, I did not touch her, I did not do any of those things that she said," said Gregg Miller.
DPS interviewed Miller and says it is still in the process of reviewing the report that was taken. Miller moved Douglas' seat at the board further away from him. Meanwhile, the Executive Director and Executive Assistant to the Board both announced their resignations.
"The superintendent is getting in the way of moving forward," said Schmidt.
Douglas released a prepared statement before the meeting began, but has not responded to the board's decision to sue her. Her staff says she did not attend the meeting and was not following the outcome of the meeting because Douglas "had more important issues" to tend to.