JULY 2, 2015
Education commissioner will choose replacement for board seat until election can be held
JD GOBLE: “I am thankful, humbled, and honored to have this opportunity presented to me by the Martin County Board of Education. I will give my best to the students, staff, and community of the Martin County School District. My continued focus will be to increase student achievement and well being for all Martin County students. My desire and focus will also be the construction and building of the new high school. This being my home school district makes me take this challenge very seriously and I promise to give everyone my best.”
LOUISA, — The decision of Martin Co. School Supt. Steve Meadows to resign the position earlier this week has set off a chain of events that has reached Lawrence County.
The Martin Co. BOE chose assistant SCHS principal JD Goble as the new interim supt. until a search for a permanent superintendent can be done. Goble, 35, currently holds a seat on the Lawrence Co. BOE as a result of his narrow defeat of long time board member Madelynn Roberts last November.
Michael Schmitt, ironically the board attorney in both counties, said this morning that Goble cannot serve in both positions at the same time.
“The offices are incompatible,” Schmitt said. “He says he will resign as a member of the Lawrence Co. Bd. of Education and the resignation will be sent by Superintendent Fletcher to the Ky. Education Commissioner who will, after advertising, cause interested candidates to be interviewed.”
Schmitt said one of the applicants will be chosen (by the commissioner) until an election can be held to fill the remaining term.
“That election would probably be next year given the time of year of the resignation,” Schmitt said.
As far as salary goes, Goble, who taught in the Lawrence County school system before accepting the assistant principal job at Martin County about five years ago, was given a contract for six months, Schmitt said. Goble said he has a total of 11 and a half years in education experience.
“Mr. Goble is the interim superintendent and the term is for 6 months when a permanent superintendent will be employed,” Schmitt said. “Mr. Goble will be eligible to apply for the permanent position if he so desires.”
Goble was contacted this morning by The Lazer and he is sending a copy of his resignation letter to the LC BOE as soon as it is completed.
Lawrence County Supt. Dr. Robbie Fletcher issued the following statement:
“While I have not talked with Mr. Schmitt directly, it would appear that Mr. Goble will be resigning his position as a member of the Board of Education in the Lawrence County School District. I appreciate his service to the students of Lawrence County, and I understand his need to step down. He has a great professional opportunity as interim superintendent, and I wish him only the best of luck.
We will be in contact with KDE concerning the steps that we will need to take to move forward.”
Goble was given a salary of $45,280.00 for the 6 months he holds the interim position. That would be $90,560 for an entire year. Meadows, who requested and was given a leave of absence at his regular pay for one month, was making $110,000. He will officially leave office in the middle of July.
Lawrence BOE chairman Heath Preston issued the following statement this morning:
“We would like to congratulate Mr. Goble on his new position as Interim Superintendent with Martin County Schools and wish him nothing but the best in his endeavors. Mr. Goble has been an integral part of our board, and although we hate to lose him as a board member, we believe his time spent with the Lawrence County Board of Education will give him valuable experience for this new challenge.”
“We have a strong and united board and will continue our progress to becoming a proficient school district. We have made significant gains and will continue to do so through this process. We look forward to working with the Commissioner of Education in welcoming a new board member and will continue our goal to provide the best education and school experience for every child in Lawrence County.”