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The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday, May 14, to excuse Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton from attending board meetings for the remainder of his contract, which ends June 30.
Hamilton, who unexpectedly announced his retirement after only two years as superintendent, did not attend the board’s May 14 meeting.
According to Board Vice Chairman Ed Hacker, Dr. Hamilton requested they excuse him from attending board meetings because it would be “uncomfortable” for him to listen to discussions about the superintendent search for his replacement.
In an emailed statement from Dr. Hamilton following last week’s meeting, he wrote to the Enterprise, “The board chair, vice-chair and I met and by mutual agreement elected to ask the board consider this arrangement for the remainder of my contract. This action is necessitated by the language of my contract that requires my attendance at all meetings and in the next month there will be several meetings that are not related to my job responsibilities, specifically decisions about the hiring of the next superintendent.”
During the May 14 meeting, the board unanimously voted to complete the superintendent search process in-house as opposed to hiring a special search consultant, such as the Kentucky School Boards Association, which the board has done in the past. The board’s attorney, Joe Mattingly, will be assisting in facilitating the search process.
“I think it's a wise thing to do,” Board Member Mike Cecil said. “We went through this two years ago... this time around that process is still fresh in my mind.”
Board Member DeLane Pinkston agreed.
“I'm glad we're doing it this way,” Pinkston said. “I wanted to do it this way the last three times.”
The board has until May 31 to establish a superintendent screening committee.