Nominations sought to fill school board vacancy

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By Jeff Fremin

  Applications are being accepted to fill a seat on the Carroll County Board of Education vacated by Jennifer Beach who resigned her seat in April in order to accept a contracted position with the school district, providing music instruction at the Carroll County Child Develop-ment Center in the fall. Beach had represented Educational Division 3, the eastern part of the county.

“Ms. Beach did an outstanding job of providing leadership on the Carroll County Board of Education for the past four-and-a-half years,” said Lisa James, superintendent of the Carroll County School District. “This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and has a positive vision for the future of Carroll County.”

 According to KRS 160.190 the appointed member, who must reside in Educational Division 3, will serve through the end of December 2012. The vacated seat will be up for election on the November ballot, and candidates have until August to file for the seat, according to Carroll County Clerk Alice Marsh. In January, the newly elected representative of Educational Division 3 will be sworn in.

Educational Division 3 is made up of precincts C101, C102, and C103 and takes in Ghent, Sanders and some areas outside of Worthville. Voters in Educational Division 3 cast their ballots at the Ghent Fire Station, the Sanders Fire Station, and the Worthville Fire Station.

The Board of Education provides visionary leadership, develops long-range plans and programs for the district, hires and evaluates the superintendent, sets local tax rates, and ensures that public funds are spent wisely.

Citizens of Educational Division 3 may nominate themselves or someone they know who is qualified to serve on the Carroll County Board of Education. In order to qualify, one must be 24 years old, a Kentucky citizen for at least three years, a registered voter in Educational Division 3 in Carroll County, be in compliance with anti-nepotism state laws, have a high school diploma or GED, and not provide contract services for the school district.

Because board membership requires preparing for and attending regular meetings each month, members receive a stipend of $75 per meeting, up to $2,000 per year. Board members will set meeting times and dates for 2013 once the new members are sworn-in in January.

Application forms are available from the Carroll County Board of Education Central Office, located at 813 Hawkins Street or the Kentucky Department of Education, Commissioner of Education, First Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.  Applications must be postmarked by June 20.


Jeff Fremin is director of public relations for Carroll County Public Schools.