The Richmond Register

Education

October 20, 2012

Madison County School Board candidates - Part 2

MADISON COUNTY — This is the second of a two-part series of school board candidate profiles, the first of which published in Friday's paper. Next week, the Register will feature candidate profiles for the Richmond City Commission, Berea City Council and state representatives from

districts 36, 73 and 81.

Educational districts one, two, four and five will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

Kathie J.R. Bettler is running against incumbent John Lackey for the first district. Bill Phillips, Jimmy Allen and Greg Mayo are running against Becky L. Coyle for her second-district seat. Mary J. Renfro is competing with incumbent Christopher L. Hager for the fourth-district position. Debbie Secchio and Robert. G Stephens are running for Beth Brock's seat in the fifth district.

After several attempts, the Register was unable to reach Greg Mayo for an interview.

In general, boards of education in Kentucky consist of five members. Members are elected on a nonpartisan ballot in even-number years.

Member serve four-year terms — staggered so that the terms of not more than three members of a local board expire at the same time, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association.

First district

This district consists of the North Richmond-Arlington, Breck, Rosedale, West Richmond, College, Greenway, North Richmond-Keeneland, North Richmond-Saratoga, Killarney, Watertower and Deacon Hills precincts.

Second district

This district consists of the Dillingham, McCreary, Kavanaugh, College Hill, Waco, East Richmond, Moberly, Brassfield Bearwallow and Francis precincts.

John Lackey (1st District)

John Lackey is completing his first four-year term on the school board.

If elected for a second term, he hopes what he has stood for “in the form of fiscal responsibility and shifting money from certain priorities to other priorities” that are more “student useful,” will be looked at with more seriousness, he said.

Lackey would like to see more money spent “at the site-based council level” to reduce class size, he said, especially in high schools.

He also supports some restraint on spending for technology and administration, he said.

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