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Divided board votes to give superintendent 18-month extension to establish residency

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Original contract granted her one year to establish residency

By The Staff

A divided Marion County Board of Education has voted to give Superintendent Taylora Schlosser an additional 18 months to establish her residency in Marion County.

By a vote of 3-1, the board approved the change during a special called meeting Thursday night. Board Chairman DeLane Pinkston and board members Butch Cecil and Mike Cecil voted in favor of amending the superintendent’s contract to grant the extension. Board member Bernard Miles opposed the extension.

The board’s decision came after an executive session that lasted more than an hour.

Schlosser was not present at Thursday’s meeting, although a reporter-estimated 40 people sat through the executive session to hear the board’s decision.

Pinkston said after the meeting that he’d told Schlosser that she did not need to attend the meeting. He added that it was her son’s birthday.

Schlosser’s contract was signed July 11, 2013. That contract includes an “Residency Requirements” clause, which reads:

“The Board deems it vital that its Superintendent become an active member of the Marion County community and that she maintain a local presence. Thus, Superintendent shall establish her primary residence in Marion County, Kentucky, with her family, not later than one year following the commencement of the term of this Contract and shall maintain her primary residence in Marion County during the term of this Contract.”

With the extension, Schlosser will have until January of 2016 to establish her residency in Marion County.

Look for more from the June 19 meeting in the June 25 print edition.