Kentucky Education Commissoner To Start Amid Controversy

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's incoming education commissioner will be starting amid swirling controversy, including a police investigation at the school district she's leaving.

Barbara Erwin is set to retire Friday as superintendent of the Community Unit District 303 school system in Saint Charles, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. She's scheduled to start in Kentucky on Monday.

Erwin said she does not know about the investigation into a missing personnel file at her old district. Erwin told reporters she had been out of the country and was unaware of the investigation.

"I have no idea what they're talking about," Erwin said Wednesday.

Paul McCurtain, a St. Charles Police Department spokesman, would not reveal whose personnel file was missing.

District 303 school board President Kathleen Hewell told the Kane County (Ill.) Chronicle the missing file was related to Erwin, but said officials were not sure whether "it has been misplaced or what."

Erwin was hired in May, despite questions about her resume and performance at past districts. She has a four-year pact with the Kentucky Board of Education, and both parties have a 90-day withdrawal clause. Chairman Keith Travis of the Kentucky board, said there are no plans to withdraw the contract.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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  • by Valerie Location: Kentucky on Jul 13, 2007 at 09:09 AM
    Oh my gosh!!! I have been doing a little research myself on this and i am dumbfounded on WHY kentucky needs someone like this...I would like to know what "good" qualities she has that is so important in having her over our schools?
  • by Richard Location: Lexington on Jul 12, 2007 at 02:08 PM
    For lots more info on the long saga of Barbara Erwin (TX, AZ, Ill and now KY) See Kentucky School News and Commentary ( Search "Barbara Erwin" Thanks to WKYT for picking up on this important story. Our state Board of Education has shown far too little interest in her casual relationship with the truth. Not only were there several falsehoods on her resume, at the time she applied, she continues her twistifycations. Your story points out...she told reporters she had been "out of the country." But yesterday, she told the state board that she had been teaching at a college in Illinois. Both can't be true.


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