JULY 7, 2015
LOUISA, KY. — Lawrence County school Supt. Dr. Robbie Fletcher said today that the Kentucky Commissioner of Education has 90 days to fill the vacant board seat caused by the resignation of JD Goble. Goble accepted the Interim Supt. job in Martin County on a six month contract last week after Supt. Steve Meadows abruptly resigned.
Goble, 36, had been working as assistant principal at Sheldon Clark High school in Martin County before accepting the new job. The asst. principal position did not interfere with his duties as a board member in Lawrence County but the Supt. job does and he resigned last week.
Fletcher sent the requirements for replacing Goble in a message this morning to The Lazer and urged those interested in the appointment to file an application.
“Mr. Goble has officially submitted his resignation, and we have forwarded the resignation to Commissioner Holliday. When he declares an official vacancy, we will move forward with advertising the opening. Our board of education has a drive for student success and will work well with whomever the Commissioner selects.”
Holiday has 90 days from the day Goble resigned to fill the board position. But Holiday has resigned effective August 31, 2015 so it cannot be determined if he will act on filling the vacancy or leave it for his successor.
Goble defeated two term board member Madelynn Roberts by 11 votes in last November’s general election. There has been no word on whether or not Ms. Roberts will apply for the vacancy as of today (July 7).
Listed below are the requirements and procedure for replacing Goble on the Lawrence County school board.
COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION
LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENT PROCEDURE
KRS 160.190 assigns the Kentucky Commissioner of Education the responsibility to appoint local school district board members to vacant seats between elections.
KRS 160.190 Vacancies, how filled
1. Any vacancy in any board of education shall be filled by the chief state school officer within ninety (90) days after the vacancy occurs. The member so chosen shall meet the eligibility requirements established by KRS 160.180 and shall hold office until his successor is elected and has qualified. The local board of education may make nominations and any person may nominate himself or another for the office.
2. Any vacancy having an unexpired term of one (1) year or more at the next regular November election after the vacancy occurs shall be filled for the unexpired term by an election to be held at the next regular November election after the vacancy occurs. The elected member shall succeed the member chosen by the chief state school officer to fill the vacancy.
Appointment of a member to a local board of education is required when a sitting member can no longer occupy this office until the expiration of the elected term. The Kentucky Commissioner of Education makes all appointments of members to local boards of education. The appointment of the commissioner is effective until the next regular election. However, if the vacancy has an unexpired term of less than one year, the appointment is effective until the end of the remaining term.
The Commissioner’s legal counsel is responsible for supervision of the identification of candidates for the Commissioner to consider for appointment to local boards of education. Responsibility for completion of the process used to identify candidates is assigned to the Commissioner’s Designee for Board Member Appointment.
The Kentucky Commissioner of Education must appoint a member to a local board of education upon the resignation, death, vacancy or removal from office of a sitting local board member. The appointment process begins when a written resignation from a local board member is submitted to the Commissioner (the effective date is the date the resignation is accepted by the Commissioner). Resignations should be addressed to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education.
The written resignation of a board member that has been presented to a local board of education is acceptable when forwarded to the Commissioner. When the Commissioner accepts the resignation, the vacancy officially exists.
After the Commissioner accepts the resignation, the local board of education advertises for qualified applicants for the vacant position. The advertisement runs in the local newspaper of record on two separate occasions separated by seven days. The advertisement solicits qualified applicants, enumerates all qualifications and particulars of the office and establishes a deadline for candidates to apply. (A sample advertisement is included in this packet.) This vacancy announcement should also be placed on the district website. The deadline for applications to be postmarked to the Commissioner is established to be at least three days after the second run of the advertisement. If, after the deadline, less than two qualified candidates have applied for consideration, the advertisement is repeated, with a new deadline, to solicit additional qualified candidates. If, after the required advertisement cycle has been repeated one or more times, and no candidates or only one candidate has applied, further advertisements may be suspended and other methods considered to recruit additional applicants.