School district could be under state control soon

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

The Breathitt County School District has been plagued with financial, legal and personnel issues recently.

In the past year alone, the district has changed superintendents three times but the district could be under state control very soon.

The findings of a new state audit could have a huge impact on the future of the district.

“Districts become state-managed if there seems to be a pattern of problems in the district relative to management,” says Lisa Gross with the Kentucky Department of Education.

After conducting an audit, State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said there was a “lack of efficiency and effectiveness in the governance and administration of the school district.”

Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Education conducted a management audit of the school district.

After interviewing 78 employees, they found there was a great want for change within the district.

If the district becomes state-managed, all aspects of the school district will be handled by the Chief State School Officer instead of the local school board or superintendent.

Next Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education will meet to decide whether the district will formally be named a state-managed district.

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