You may notice a few changes in this month’s Kentucky School Advocate. We have freshened up the look and are responding to some of the input we received from a recent survey of board members and superintendents. One of the changes includes the addition of a new feature called Board Room, which gets at the nuts-and-bolts of being a board member.
Back on board
A Morgan County school board member has returned to the KSBA Board of Directors. Marshall Jenkins was appointed regional chairperson for the Eastern Kentucky North Region by KSBA President Durward Narramore. Jenkins, who previously served in this position, will fill the seat vacated by Brenda Sheets of Elliott County, who resigned. The appointment is effective until this year’s Fall Regional Meeting in that area.
Jenkins, a radiological technologist and adjunct instructor at Morehead State University, has been a school board member since 2003. He currently chairs the Morgan County board, as well as chairing the board of the Kids First political action committee. Jenkins holds associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU.
Short on training, short on term
The Kentucky Board of Education made good on past warnings when it voted in June to seek removal of a Southgate Independent school board member for failure to obtain the number of annual training hours required by state law.
The board has asked Attorney General Jack Conway to remove William J. Shockley, who took office in January 2011. Shockley fell short of the requirement for 12 hours of approved training in 2011, but was granted an extension by the state board. However, he again fell short for 2012.
The number of training hours is based on years of service, as outlined in state law. Last year, 768 of the state’s 869 local board members exceeded their minimum required number of hours.