Brickbat to Clay County Superintendent Charles Van Zant Jr.
Brickbat to Clay County Superintendent Charles Van Zant Jr. for banning the board’s attorney, Bruce Bickner, from district staff meetings. During the controversy last year over prayer around a school flagpole, Van Zant, then a board member, tried to fire Bickner, whose legal advice contradicted Van Zant’s opinion. In October 2012, Van Zant solicited $500 campaign contributions from his future employees. In March, the Clay County School Board allowed Van Zant an automatic $29,000-a-year pay raise.