- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

FRENCHBURG, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Board of Education is considering a state takeover of the Menifee County school district, after officials say prior assistance has not done enough to fix the district’s problems.

The state board says in a statement that it will consider during a Friday meeting a recommendation Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday made last month for state management of Menifee County schools.

According to state documents, the Menifee school board voted in June not to contest the move, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports (https://bit.ly/1LYjf6H). District officials could not be reached for comment by the newspaper.

The district has been under state assistance since December 2014 after a management audit found a significant lack of efficiency and effectiveness in the school district’s finances and instruction. Officials say several problems have yet to be corrected.

“The district has failed to produce concrete plans that address, or even acknowledge, problems that interfere with the most basic functions of the district,” the report said.

State officials say they found evidence that individuals were hired for positions for which they were not qualified, the district had only one maintenance employee, and the district failed to maintain equipment to safely transport children.

Currently, only the Breathitt County school district is managed by the Kentucky Department of Education.

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


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