State education officials implement changes in wake of Breathitt takeover

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Department of Education is beginning to implement changes to the Breathitt County school system since last week's decision to take over the district.

The first item on the agenda of Commissioner Terry Holliday will be appointing a state manager to serve on the ground and act as a go-between for the school district and state.

The state manager will assume most of the responsibilities of a superintendent. The search is underway for qualified candidates.

DOE spokeswoman Lisa Gross says they are looking for "Someone who has administrative experience in a school system. Someone who maybe is a former superintendent or maybe in some cases a current superintendent, depending on that person's contract. We're looking for people who have the experience to manage the day-to-day operations of a school system.

It's unclear what kind of impact the state takeover will have on Breathitt interim superintendent Larry Woods.

"I don't want to predict anything about personnel or any other operations in the school district at this point," Gross said. "Those are decisions that are best left to the state manager in discussion with the commissioner of education."

By law, the state takeover must last at least three years. It could last longer.

Gross said the state manager's salary will be funded through the DOE budget and taxpayers should not be affected.

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