By Sara Belsole
PHENIX CITY, AL - After serving only eight months, Kenneth Funderburk resigned from the Phenix City School Board this week.
"It's pretty simple, it's a personal decision that I don't have time to meet all the requirements and do what I think needs to be done on the School Board," Funderburk says.
Funderburk cites his busy job as an attorney and other extracurricular activities as taking up most of his time.
"I was singing with the CSU choral union which met on the night they met and I do a lot of things and it proved to be not compatible for my time," Funderburk says.
Funderburk was appointed to the board by the previous Phenix City Council last spring causing some problems with the school district. The Southern Association of College and Schools threatened to revoke the district's accreditation because Funderburk represented the city council in a lawsuit filed against the school board.
In April, Funderburk called this an "imaginary problem."
"I'm here to let you know that while I would really appreciate a superintendent who didn't pick fights and one that didn't fabricate imaginary problems regardless of that I am going to serve and I am going to do my job," Funderburk says.
But today it appears Funderburk has changed his tune.
"If you'll check, I have never said anything derogatory against Dr. DiChiara. He is a fine guy," Funderburk says.
Although Funderburk says his decision to resign had nothing to do with DiChiara applying for the Muscogee County Superintendent position, he says as a citizen he is concerned
"I find it troubling that your superintendent is so unhappy he is out there seeking another job," Funderburk says.
"If the citizens want to look at it differently it would be that we are fortunate to have a superintendent that a lot of school districts will like to have as their superintendent," Larry DiChiara says.
DiChiara says the Muscogee County job is the only one he has applied to in his nine years on the job in Phenix City.
"We are always looking for challenges and things that are going to help us grow as professionals and I saw that as a real challenge," DiChiara says.
DiChiara says he learned earlier this week he is not one of the four finalists for the Muscogoee County Superintendent.
"I am just not sure that anybody could have met the five standards they laid out, but I know how things work in the school district and there's certain things you're looking for in a leader and I may not have been the type of leader they wanted," DiChiara says.
There are four finalists for the job. The School Board says none of the four meet all five of the standards it asked for.
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