As an employee of the Fayette County Schools--I cannot give you my name for fear of retaliation by Tom Shelton and my immediate supervisor--I feel obligated to report the following information to somebody.
Dr. Roger Cleveland
I have attached a copy of the campaign finance report for Roger Cleveland, current candidate for FCPS School Board District 2. This report is currently posted on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance webpage.
KRS 161.164 (1) and (2) prohibits employees from the school district from taking part in the management or activities or any political campaign for school board and prohibits school board candidates from accepting any "political assessment, subscription, contribution, or service from any employee of the school district."
As you can see, Mr. Cleveland has accepted contributions and services from FCPS Employees in violation of KRS 164.164(1) and (2). Cleveland returned two monetary donations from employees, one a principal and other listed as an educator. Cleveland did accept an in-kind contribution of $100 from Rozalyn Akins 3389 Malone DR. Lexington, KY 40513 for the Lyric Theatre. Akins is employed by the district as the dean of students at Carter G. Woodson Academy--go check the website--and is paid through Tom Shelton's superintendent budget. According to the penalty provisions of KRS 161.990, subsection 1, "Any person who violates any provision of KRS 161.164 shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Any school board candidate or school board member who willfully violates any provision of KRS 161.164 shall also be disqualified from holding the office of school board member." Subsection 2 reads "Any teacher or employee of a district who willfully violates any provision of KRS 161.164 shall be ineligible for employment in the common schools for a period of five (5) years."This is the type of shady stuff that continues to occur in the Tom Shelton administration. Are Akins and Cleveland criminally responsible at this point? Who do I report this to? I hope somebody does something with this information because what it happening in FCPS is simply not right or ethical.
Concerned FCPS employee
Cleveland's Campaign Finance Report here.
"Given the severity of this issue, I am discussing this matter with legal counsel in order to undertake appropriate action, including but not limited to any available recourse under Kentucky law," Barnett told KSN&C.
Cleveland did not respond to an invitation from KSN&C to respond to the allegations.