Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

July 3, 2013

School board member resigns, old schools declared surplus

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

July 3, 2013 — The Carter County Board of Education met in special session Monday to accept a letter of resignation from board member David Jessie.

In a letter addressed to Supt. Ronnie Dotson, Jessie said his resignation would be effective June 27. He has served five years.

“This decision has come after many hours of deliberation from myself and my family,” Jessie wrote. “The board members that I have served with are some of the best people I have ever had the opportunity to be around. They honestly have the best interests of the children and people of our school system in their minds and I know will continue to do so in the future.”

Jessie thanked everyone for their support.

The Kentucky commissioner of education will be notified of the board vacancy by Dotson.

The commissioner will select the next board member who will serve until the next regular election, scheduled in November 2014.

Once the commissioner acknowledges the notification, he will have 90 days to fill the seat. Those wishing to fill the seat must meet the District 3 residency requirements and submit personal information to the commissioner.

“We will have to advertise in the newspaper that people can nominate themselves or someone else for the position,” said administrator Donald Damron.

The board also voted to change the attendance policy. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, students will be unable to drop out before the age of 18.

Carter County became the 77th Kentucky school system to adopt the policy, which qualifies the district for a $10,000 grant.

“I feel that kids who are 16 do not know enough about their future to decide to drop out of school,” Dotson said. “We already have some good things, like the credit recovery program, in place to help implement this policy.”

The board spent 30 minutes in executive session to discuss the future of the old Upper Tygart, Carter, and Olive Hill elementary school buldings. All three properties were declared excess.

Dotson explained the board has three options for disposing of surplus property. Donating the properties is not allowed by law.

All disposal options require approval of the Kentucky Department of Education and the school district must receive fair market value.

“We can get them appraised and then sell to someone for the appraised amount, auction them, or accept sealed bids,” Dotson said. “We have had some individuals and groups express interest in these properties.”

Dotson said the board wants to make sure the buildings will be used for the good of the communities.

The next regular monthly meeting of the school board will be held at the new Tygart Creek Elementary School on Monday, July 15.

An open house for the new facility will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the public is invited.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.