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Metro school board member tweets frustrations with communications dept.

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A sitting Metro School Board member is criticizing how parents of students receive information.

The Channel 4 I-Team has repeatedly had difficulties getting interviews with Metro Schools officials.

School board member Will Pinkston has his own frustrations with Metro’s communications team, and it’s playing out on Twitter.

A Twitter spat between Pinkston and former Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass has revealed what Pinkston describes as “MNPS communications personnel go out of their way to antagonize the media, parents and even school board members.”

It all unfolded earlier this week when Bass tweeted things like “Pinkston actively worked against us … rooting for us to fail. Time and time again.”

Pinkston fired back, sharing an email from last year claiming Bass didn't notify him about a presentation Bass was making to a community group in Pinkston's district. He said, “I’m sure this is an intentional slight rooted in the workaday pettiness and amateurishness of the MNPS communications shop."

Pinkston stated in an email to the I-Team earlier Thursday, "for most of my time on the school board, communications and community engagement has been a problem.”

"I’d like to see the district be more transparent,” said T.C Webber, who has two children in the district.

Webber, a frequent critic of the district, said it can take months to get open records requests back from the communications team.

"In the past it was much more transparent than it was with this new administration. They seem to want to do everything in secret,” Webber said.

As for Metro Schools, their new spokeswoman said in an email reading in part, "we will not be providing a statement or going on camera."

Pinkston said he is optimistic about the future of the department.

In the last year, three people on the communications staff have left the team and a new communications director took over a few weeks ago.

In an email the new communications director said this was not a district matter and that's why they wouldn't comment on it. She went on to say every effort is made to work with media to help them receive timely and accurate information.

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