Clark County School Board chairman faces resignation or prosecution over sign incident

Michael Kuduk
Michael Kuduk

The chairman of the Clark County Public Schools board says that he has been given the option of resigning or facing criminal charges because he was videotaped taking letters from a sign on the lawn of the district’s Central Office.

Michael Kuduk, a Winchester pediatrician and a member of the school board for five years, is apologizing for an incident involving a portable plastic sign that said “We support” Clark Superintendent Paul Christy.

The incident occurred after the school board’s December meeting, Kuduk said, in which Christy’s contract was renewed for two years. Kuduk had cast a no vote.

“It was a very emotionally charged meeting, “ he said. “I just saw that sign, parked my car, and took the letters and just threw them around.”

“I deeply regret it,” he said. “It’s out of character for me.”

The Winchester Sun reported that a citizen who wanted $500 in restitution had complained to the county sheriff’s office. Christy confirmed Saturday that the complaint came from a community member and said the sheriff’s office was investigating. The sheriff could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Kuduk said he was summoned Monday to Christy’s office, where members of law enforcement were waiting. He said Christy told him his actions had been videotaped and that unless he resigned, charges would be filed.

Kuduk said that he will announce his decision at Tuesday’s school board meeting, but that he is leaning against resigning because of overwhelming community support. Citizens have created a Facebook page supporting him, Kuduk said, and he has received many supportive texts, emails and phone calls.

Kuduk said he was angry because from the tenor of the December board meeting, he thought the district would take on an atmosphere of contention that he had worked hard to prevent. He said he had been board chairman for three years and was proud of academic achievements the district has made.

“I don’t get angry to that extent very often,” Kuduk said. “I get angry on behalf of children. If I think things are happening that aren’t in the best interest of children, that’s what provoked that.”

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears