FRANKFORT – Kentucky is home to two independent school districts which cross county lines, something which is uncommon in Kentucky.
Caverna serves students from the small, sister towns of Horse Cave in Hart County and Cave City, just six miles away in Barren County, while Corbin’s independent district crosses the Whitely/ Knox county line.
But that creates problems for the county clerks in those counties at election time. In which county does a candidate for a school board district that falls within two counties file for office, for instance?
Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, sponsored Senate Bill 151 to clear up any confusion and the Senate passed it unanimously this week.
The bill codifies the existing process utilized by county clerks in the affected counties. Candidates will continue to file for office in the county in which he or she resides and the clerk in that county will then provide the names to the clerk in the other affected county served by the school district.
The clerks in both counties are then responsible for certifying the vote totals to the other clerk, but the county board of election from the county where the candidate lives then certifies the election.