Unable to fill vacancy, Walton-Verona extends board member search

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It has been exactly 70 days since Stephanie Thornberry resigned from her position at the Walton-Verona Independent Schools Board of Education, and the search for her replacement continues.

Thornberry resigned on July 14. Though she didn’t give a reason in her resignation letter, records show she purchased property outside of the school district she represented.

After five candidates were interviewed by the Board of Education during a meeting on Sept. 15, Superintendent Matt Baker said the board could not reach a consensus. Now, Baker is required to inform Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass that the school district could not find a replacement.

Superintendent Baker will advertise the position via the Walton-Verona Independent Schools social media accounts.

Commissioner Glass will close the applications for the temporary board member on Sept. 30. Glass has 60 days to choose someone, setting the deadline for Nov. 21, which means the newly elected board member that emerges from the General Election may be known before the interim is selected.

The future interim board member will only serve on the board for approximately one month before the newly elected member is sworn in, in January 2023.

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