A civil rights organization is calling for change in how the Fayette County Board of Education picks its next superintendent. The Fayette County chapter of the NAACP wants Roy Woods, the chairman of the Equity Council, added to the committee.
The group had a news conference Monday at William Wells Brown Elementary School. The school ranked last of all Fayette County elementary schools in the latest state tests.
Rev. Jim Thurman, President of the NAACP Fayette County chapter says the superintendent selection committee needs to reflect the entire committee and adding Roy Woods would meet that goal.
"Not only do we have a vested interest in it, we want to make sure that we have adequate representation. So we're suggesting that a seventh person, Roy Woods, be added to that search committee," said Rev. Thurman.
The school district has to follow Kentucky law which says if the six-person selection committee does not include a minority member, then a minority parent will be added and elected by other parents. Under the law, only parents decide the seventh member, not community leaders.
The NAACP points to several factors as reasons for needing an expert in equity issues on the selection committee: poor test scores at schools with a high number of minority students, a lack of minority teachers and a high suspension rate of minority students.
Rev. Thurman says Fayette County's next superintendent needs to know how to address those issues, saying "someone that has looked, has long-term vision, has a proven track record of turning these kinds of things around. Not someone that comes in and sits and maintains the status quo. We want someone more proactive rather than reactive."
Nominations for the superintendent selection committee were due Monday at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
NAACP calls for change in Fayette superintendent selection committee
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