This from H-L:
Baring a possible state appointment to fill an empty seat, Tuesday's general election results could leave the Fayette County Board of Education without black representation for the first time in 15 years.But then, there was this statement:
Incumbent Kirk Tinsley, the board's only black member, ran third in the District 2 board race on Tuesday and will be replaced by the election winner, newcomer Douglas Barnett, who is white.
As things stand now, Tinsley's departure at the end of the year would leave the school board without a black member for the first time since 1995, when Jerry Devine joined the panel after defeating longtime incumbent Barth Pemberton.
That's a mistake, right? Isn't "the problem" that there is no assurance. KSN&C alerted Jim Warren and inquired of KDE as to the demographics of the applicants.
Minority leaders are pinning their hopes on the fact that state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday soon must appoint a black to replace former chairwoman Becky Sagan, who resigned in late September after deciding to move out of District 5, which she had represented.
Two applications have been picked up so far, but it is unclear who picked them up or if those persons have applied.
Warren reported that black leaders are busy trying to line up someone from the black community to apply.
Effective African American representation on the board is important and benefits everyone. My hope is that the Commissioner appoints a strong African American board member who will ask tough questions. One of those questions ought to be about the causes for a reduction in black faculty members in Fayette County in recent years.