AUGUST 12, 2015
Long time BOE member ‘happy to return to board’
LOUISA, Ky. — Two time BOE member Madelynn Roberts said today that she is “very excited” about getting the opportunity to work on behalf of the students of Lawrence County again.
Ms. Roberts was narrowly defeated by 12 votes for her seat on the board by John “JD” Goble in what was a shocker to many politics watchers in the county. But six months into his term Goble was offered the interim superintendent job in his native Martin County where he worked as a vice principal at the county high school – and he took it, meaning he could no longer serve as a Lawrence County board member leaving the position open.
Ms. Roberts jumped at the chance and was the first to sign up for the job.
Yesterday (Tuesday) was the deadline for any other candidates to register to run and County Clerk Chris Jobe confirmed that no other candidates have signed up so Ms. Roberts will be the only one on the ballot. “The only way someone could run now is if they signed up as a write-in candidate which is not likely,” Jobe said.
“I am very excited to get back to serving the students of Lawrence County,” Ms. Roberts said today (Wednesday). “That’s the reason I have been on the BOE for all these years and that is what I will continue to do.”
She said she had a lot of people encourage her to get back on the school board.
“I had a lot of calls and whenever I saw someone on the street or at the store they asked me to run, and I told them I would,” Roberts said. I am on there for the benefit of the students and that is what I will continue to be interested in.”
Jobe said the state Commissioner of Education, Terry Holiday will not appoint anyone for the job in the interim since it is so close to the November election.
“The way I understand it is that the BOE will continue with only four members until the November election is certified and then Ms. Roberts will be sworn in,” Jobe said. “John Thompson, a representative from the State Dept. of Education said if only one candidate signed up there is no use to appoint someone and that candidate will take office after the election. I do not believe she has to wait until January.”