MADISON COUNTY —
Madison County School Board chair Mona Isaacs said she wanted to make the district’s search for a new superintendent “as transparent as possible.”
To achieve this goal, board members discussed ideas at a special called meeting Wednesday to get the community more involved in picking the district’s next leader.
Superintendent Tommy Floyd will be leaving July 1 for a new position at the Kentucky Department of Education.
“It would be a very good opportunity for us to listen,” Isaacs said. “I think it was abundantly clear Thursday night (at the monthly board meeting) that we’re not listening or that we’re not making those opportunities to listen.”
Isaacs was referring to the May 9 meeting at which a roomful of district staff protested a proposal to cut two contracted work days from the school calendar, effectively slashing pay for every district employee. The proposal died for lack of motion.
“With those teachers coming in a group like that ― we needed to listen,” said board member Becky Coyle.
“I certainly feel like I would be able to make a better decision if I had some people that are in the trenches advising us of what they need,” Isaacs added.
She suggested the board consider feedback from three focus groups: Parents, teachers and classified staff. Each group of 30 to 35 people would consist of two volunteers from each school.
Community members who are not involved with the school system also would have an opportunity to voice their opinion through an online or printed survey, she said.
The focus groups would submit a report, which would be used to develop the charge to the screening committee, she said.
Board members also agreed that their attending the focus groups would deter people from speaking freely.
Isaacs proposed the focus groups meet during the week after the last day of school while teachers and classified staff are still working.
Teacher and classified staff focus groups can meet during the work day and the parent group can meet in the evening, she said.
“This is our opportunity … to have a framework where the board listens to the community and our faculty and our staff,” Isaacs said. “We’ll make a better decision and the next superintendent will have the support of all these people who have an opportunity to tell us what they think.”
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Man indicted in I-75 wreck that killed two
A man who police believe started the chain of events that led to the deaths of two people on Interstate 75 in February was indicted on several felony charges Wednesday in Madison Circuit Court.
Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., was indicted on six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and operating on a suspended license.
Man charged with reselling employer’s equipment
A man who worked for a local satellite TV company has been charged with ordering extra equipment and selling it online.
Charles William Hensley, 39, of Manchester, worked for the Multiband Corporation at its Richmond office, according to a Richmond police report.
Multiband maintains DIRECTV’s installations, service and upgrades for single-family homes in 20 states and commercial sites nationwide.
Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day
A nationwide initiative to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe manner will take place Saturday.
Three Madison County sites are available for residents to get rid of their unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs as part of the eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:
• Richmond Police Department, 1721 Lexington Road, box is outside by the front door.
• Kentucky State Police Post 7, 699 Eastern Bypass, across from the EKU stadium, box is inside at the front door.
Retro Radio Revue
“Stan O’Donnell’s Retro Radio Revue,” presented by Rose Barn Theatre, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Gillum’s Sports Lounge in the Richmond Mall.
The production focuses on the performers of the show and the follies and chaos that take place as the unexpected ensues. Local musical performers from Madison County will be showcased throughout the production.
Gillum’s will provide a full menu service and cash bar beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $15 and available at the door or in advance at www.rosebarntheatre.org.
The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit arts organization.
Luallen says no to 2015 governor’s race
After months of deliberation, former state Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen announced Thursday she will sit out the 2015 race for governor.
The announcement disappointed friends and associates who see Luallen as an able and experienced administrator — she served in six gubernatorial administrations — but also someone with the character and integrity to restore confidence in government.
Blue Grass Army Depot sponsors 5K
The Blue Grass Army Depot is hosting a 5K run/walk Saturday in support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The no-entry-fee event will begin and end at the depot’s new sports complex ball fields, according to a news release from the installation. Preregistration is available online at www.bluegrass.army.mil or starting at 9 a.m. the day of the event.
Wildcats encourage Cardinals to work hard in school
University of Kentucky student athletes Kastine Evans, a guard on the women’s basketball team, and Jon Hood, a guard on the men’s team, stopped by Waco Elementary School on Wednesday to talk about the benefits of working hard in school.
Mayor, commissioner pay changed
The Richmond City Commission approved 4-1 a new pay scale for the mayor and commissioners at a special-called meeting Wednesday morning.
Harrodsburg to get old Richmond police mobile computers
Richmond is donating to the city of Harrodsburg eight of 39 old computers formerly used in police cruisers.
Health science students organize blood drive
Aside from the gift cards and free snacks, 50 Madison County high school students have other reasons for donating 35 pints of blood Wednesday to the Kentucky Blood Center at Madison Central High School.
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