Monday, July 18, 2011

Holliday says Bath Co Board Chair Should Resign

Cites misconduct and willful neglect of duty

This from Jim Warren at H-L:
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will recommend to the state school board the removal of Bath County School Board chairman Bill Boyd, who has been embroiled in controversy for months.

Boyd has 20 days to respond before Holliday's recommendation goes to the state board for action.

In a letter to Boyd, Holliday asked him to "consider resigning immediately so that this matter does not further distract from the important work of the local board and the school district."

Boyd, who has been on the Bath County board since 2009, said Monday that he won't resign.

The state Office of Education Accountability last month asked Holliday to consider recommending Boyd's removal, citing several issues including alleged violations of Kentucky's open meetings law and "willful neglect" of duties.

Among other things, the accountability office said Boyd called special school board meetings without giving board members or the news media relevant details; sometimes acted without specific authority from the school board; expected the school board to improperly make decisions while in executive session; and improperly involved himself in school district personnel matters...

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