Christian County School Board member Mary DeBow says she is also shocked about how fellow board members decided to not take any action in renewing Brady Link’s contract.
According to DeBow, board members did not discuss amongst themselves privately as to what direction they were going to take when dealing with Link’s contract.
Even though the school board made the decision to not renew his contract, DeBow says she is thankful for Link’s dedication to the school district.
DeBow says she did not make the first move when a motion was called to renew his contract because she felt they had different philosophies.
The School Board member also stated she felt that it wasn’t her place to make a motion to approve the Superintendent’s contract and that sometimes silence is golden.
Christian County Board of Education Chairman Barry Cornelius says in the next few weeks, plans will get underway to find a replacement for current Superintendent Brady Link.
According to Cornelius the Kentucky School Board Association will help school officials with the process or a search firm will be hired.
In addition, Cornelius says a screening committee will also be needed in the hiring process of a new Superintendent.
The School Board Chairman says he hopes a new Superintendent will be in place by July 1st, but anticipates the process may take little longer since it’s already late in the year.
Law enforcement in Graves County have released the name of the third suspect, who they believe was involved in yesterday’s shooting of a graves county couple.
Graves County Sheriff’s Deputies report 29-year old Edwin Russell of Elkton and two other suspects, 24-year old James Allen Kirby and 40-year old Richard Phipps, both of Hopkinsville are accused of shooting Richard and Sharon Jett inside their home on Chris Drive.
A condition update was not provided for Phipps, whom law enforcement officials say was shot twice by Sharon Jett.
Deputies believe Russell is the ex-boyfriend of the couple’s daughter, who was not harmed in the incident.
The couple remain listed in serious condition at a local hospital.
A school bus driver who was reportedly carrying multiple Mennonite passengers was cited yesterday for leaving the scene of an accident.
Hopkinsville Police say 58-year old Michael Hamilton of Mortons Gap was driving west on Cayce Avenue and passed the vehicle of 50-year old Wayne Hawthorne of Hopkinsville that was stopped in the roadway.
As result, police say the privately owned school bus hit Hawthorne’s vehicle and caused damages to the left front fender and broke off a side view mirror.
Hamilton reportedly told police he thought he may have hit Hawthorne’s vehicle, but was upset that his vehicle was stopped in the road so he drove off.
Police say the 35 school aged children were not injured in the wreck and the driver of the bus was cited to appear in court for failing to stop and render aid or provide vehicle insurance information to the victim.
Despite the pleas of several local parents and educators, who requested the Christian County School Board to renew Superintendent Brady Link’s contract, the school board tonight failed to make a motion to renew his contract.
When the motion was called to approve his contract, none of the school board members made a move.
Following the three-hour school board meeting tonight, Superintendent Link says their inaction took him by surprise.
Christian County Education Coalition Steering Committee member and former school board member Fannie Louise Maddox says tonight’s decision was not in the best interest of students and their decision was an embarrassment.
During Link’s 3 ½ year tenure as Superintendent, the school district has jumped 65 places in the state rankings, putting the school system on the advanced placement district honor roll.
In other school related business, Assistant Superintendent Rim Watson says he plans to retire from his position and expects his last day of employment to be sometime in late June.
Board chair Barry Cornelius says the board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1st.