- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) - School officials in Montgomery County are seeking to oust the district’s superintendent.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1GfbPtx) reports that Montgomery County school board attorney Michelle Williams sent a letter seeking approval from Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to remove Superintendent Josh Powell from his position.

State law says school boards can terminate superintendents for cause if four-fifths of members agree with the findings and the state’s education commissioner approves it.

Board members cited an investigative report by a Lexington law firm that found Powell’s wife was improperly hired, that he exerted improper influence in site-based decision making councils and that he has exhibited poor management.

Powell’s attorney, C. Ed Massey, says his client “vehemently” denies those allegations and questioned by the board would launch the investigation when Powell’s contract expires June 30.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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