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Board View: Guarding against a black eye

Kentucky School Advocate
November 2015

By Madelynn Coldiron
Staff Writer
Mercer County school board member Ronald Betsher said he didn’t realize everything that board secretary Nancy Simmons did until he became chairman.

“With her experience I know that we’re following the appropriate rules for the Kentucky Open Meetings Act,” he said. “She’s fine-tuned to the parliamentary procedures that go with the nature of the Open Meetings Act. She’s just making sure the district does not have a black eye when it comes to operations.”

Besides working for the superintendent and serving as board secretary, Simmons also is the district’s policy liaison with KSBA and handles personnel duties.

Betsher called Simmons “invaluable,” and “willing to go beyond all calls of duty to make sure everything is positive and upbeat.”

“When you have someone who has historic perspective, that’s helpful. But what is even more helpful is when you have someone who is totally dedicated to the position of wanting the school district to be the best,” he said.

“The administration of any industry or any capacity is only as good as its secretary or administrative assistant,” he added.
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