Superintendent Amis announces retirement

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Perry County Schools Superintendent John Paul Amis submitted his retirement Thursday in a letter to the board of education effective November 1st.

Superintendent Amis was not present at Thursday's meeting.

It only took a few minutes for Perry County School Board Chairman John Combs to read Superintendent John Paul Amis's retirement letter before the special called meeting was adjourned.

If Amis did not submit his retirement or resignation, the special called meeting agenda also had an item where board members could discuss the termination of Amis's contract.

"It could have come to that, but I think Mr. Amis looked at what was best for the district, and I think he took the high road. I think he did the right thing," said Chairman Combs.

Recently Amis has come under scrutiny due to an alleged ACT cheating scandal and low test scores, but the board chairman did not want to say exactly why they were considering terminating the contract.

"We are going to move forward now. What's happened has happened. Mr. Amis has resigned (retired). We can start moving forward," said Board Member Jerry Wayne Stacy.

Now the board is looking to appoint an interim superintendent, and they hope to have a permanent one in place by next summer.

The Hazard Herald is reporting that they received a memo from the Office of Education Accountability that says Amis had previously acted in violation of three separate state statutes regarding personnel within the district.

He released a statement to the media regarding his retirement. That letter can be found by clicking the link above.

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