KSBA board discusses school issues with Matt Bevin, Jack Conway as November gubernatorial election nears

Members of the Kentucky School Boards Association Board of Directors spent much of this past Friday afternoon in a pair of give-and-take talks with the two leading candidates for governor in this November’s general election.

In back-to-back sessions at the KSBA offices in Frankfort, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway met with KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong, President Allen Kennedy of Hancock County, President elect David Webster of Simpson County and most of the directors-at-large and regional chairpersons who comprise the 27-member association leadership team.

Both candidates shared with the board their backgrounds and why they are running for governor. Each of them pledged to be engaged with and work with school board members. Both touched on local control. The candidates and the board members also discussed early childhood education, economic development and workforce development. The group also spent time discussing SEEK funding, Medicaid expansion and closing the skills gap.

Look for an extensive interview with each candidate – covering a broad range of K-12 issues from funding to charter schools – in the October edition of the KSBA magazine, the Kentucky School Advocate. The magazine, including the In Conversation With feature, is in the mail to all board members and superintendents.

to all board members and superintendents.

Top Photo: GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin chats with Garrard County Board of Education member Joe Brown. Other KSBA Board of Directors members shown are (left to right) James Sargent of Anderson County, Allen Phillips of Shelby County and William Owens of Lee County.

Bottom Photo: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway makes a point as KSBA President Allen Kennedy listens during the discussion with the KSBA board.

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