Vacancy on BOE

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SALYERSVILLE -  The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is now seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Magoffin County School Board, made by one board member’s resignation, submitted last month.

In a letter dated for February 21, 2017, Donald Helton Jr. submitted his official resignation to the Magoffin County Board of Education, which was received by the district office the next day. 

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) accepted the resignation on March 3, officially starting the clock for filling the vacancy on the board. 

Brad Hughes, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, told the Independent last week from the time the KDE accepts the resignation they have 90 days to fill the position. A notice of the vacancy is to run in the paper, advertising that the KDE is accepting applications for the position. 

That public notice, which details the requirements of applicants, can be found on page B5 of this week’s paper. As stated in the ad, all applications for the District 5 school board vacancy must be postmarked by March 29.

After the application process closes, the Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt will then appoint a three-member panel to review the applications and make a recommendation regarding the appointment, Hughes said. 

Pruitt’s appointment, due by June 1, will serve as a Magoffin County Schools board member until after the November 2018 General Election.

Helton had served on the board since the beginning of the year, winning by 32 votes against Ryan D. Arnett in the Magoffin County General Election in November 2016. No reason for the resignation was stated within his letter to the superintendent.