Ferguson and Barnett rejoin divided board
It is now officially open season on post-election analysis in the Fayette County School Board race.
As Dr. Shelton is well-aware, the Kentucky constitution requires an efficient system of schools. So it was not providential that State Auditor Adam Edelen just gave the citizens of Fayette County a pile of evidence that says the district is anything but. It has been my experience that despite any other shortcomings, the Fayette County Schools were always well-run. That, most regrettably, seems no longer to be the case. The best that could be said following the auditor's scathing report was that no money was missing - a very low standard of business practice. And incidentally, wasn't having businesspersons run the schools supposed to show traditionally-trained school administrators a better way?
So what does the reelection of Amanda Ferguson and Doug Barnett mean for the Fayette County Board of Education?
Ferguson told the Herald-Leader she attributed her win to "people wanting someone to speak up and ask questions."Barnett attributed his win to his advocacy for schools and for a special-education task force and to the public wanting accountability as a result of the state audit. "I think it was a referendum on the audit," he said.
What is the public telling its schools?
Did today's vote send a signal to the Fayette County School Board?
What will be the reaction in the schools?
What will be the reaction on the board?
Will the majority begin to hear the minority and look for middle ground...or just out-vote 'em?