The Pine Bluff School District Board issued a set of written directives to Superintendent Jerry Payne during the executive session of its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The Pine Bluff School District Board issued a set of written directives to Superintendent Jerry Payne during the executive session of its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

First mentioned at a special called meeting of the board Nov. 29, the board told Payne to expect the directives at any time.

A letter to Payne containing the written directives dated Dec. 20, said that its intent was to serve as a follow-up to the Nov. 29 board meeting.

The letter said that the board and superintendent had to be “able to work harmoniously as a collective group having the same goals and aspirations for the district.”

“This can not be achieved if you choose to continue to be nonresponsive, show a lack of respect for the Board and work as an independent entity,” the letter said.

“As a result of our conversation on Nov. 29, 2011, the Board concluded that since previous directives, request or concerns that have been brought to your attention have received no response, it is imperative that you be issued written directives that warrant your immediate attention,” the letter said.

“You are hereby being directed by the Board to perform and respond to the following Board issued directives,” the letter said.

“Provide the Board with valid receipts for your moving expenses as stated in your contract or reimburse the $10,000.00 that you received in advance to Pine Bluff School District. Provide the Director of Technology with all information that should be posted on both of the district’s web sites to include Personnel Policies for Certified and Classified Personnel, the current pay scales for certified and classified personnel, names, positions, and salaries of all district employees for 2011-2012; to be posted on both of the district’s web sites.

“Provide evidence of newspaper or other public media advertisement for positions of classified and certified employment openings in the district and positions that have been filled since July 1, 2011. Provide amounts of money paid for Sick Leave, Vacation Days, etc. to Administrators (Mr. Frank Anthony, Mr. Melvin Bryant, Mrs. Mary Morgan, Mr. Doug Brown, and Ms. Barbara Warren) who left the district in June 2011.

“Begin advertising immediately for the positions of Deputy Superintendent, principals and certified teachers that are currently being manned by interim or substitute personnel. (You have been directed on several occasions to get this done.) Provide the Board with an up-date of all pending legal issues and cases filed against the district. Provide the Board with the Comprehensive Plan of Action that would curtail sending students to the Juvenile Justice System and the Plan of Action for Retention of Students and Teachers.”

“You will have thirty (30) calendar days from the receipt of this letter to present the Board with your actions pertaining to these directives,” the letter to Payne said.

The names of board president Herman Horace, board vice president Donna Barnes, board secretary Freddie M. Johnson, board members Kenneth Dickson, Chandra Griffin, Harold Jackson and Ellen Nichol were listed at the end of the letter.