Now that Kentucky Department of Education staff are examining the eligibility of the four applicants for the vacant Board seat in Fayette County - what are they looking for?
KSN&C asked KDE spokeswoman Lisa Gross, "What are the requirements these days? High school diploma, live in the district....never fought a duel?"
Well, according to KRS 160.180, no person shall be eligible to membership on a board of education unless "he":
- has attained the age of twenty-four
- has been a citizen of Kentucky for at least three years preceding his election
- is a voter of the district
- completed at least the twelfth grade or has been issued a GED
- or holds a state office requiring the constitutional oath
- or is a member of the General Assembly
- or holds any civil or political office
- or at the time of his election, is directly or indirectly interested in the sale to the board of any property, materials, or services
- or has been removed from membership on a board of education for cause
- or has a relative employed by the school district
I'm pretty sure that means a local school board member has to be "relatively educated" unless "he" is already a member of the legislature or holds a government office, where no such requirement exists.
Surely, even in Kentucky, there is language somewhere declaring that "he" actually means "he or she." Still, that language is on the books.
As for dueling, it is not a disqualifying factor at the local school board level - only at the state level, where the real fighting takes place. So, if an applicant for the Fayette County seat has fought a duel or served as a second - no problem.