Gov. Beshear appoints Marcum to the Kentucky Board of Education

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By The Staff

Former Marion County Superintendent Roger Marcum was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education last week.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced the appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education Thursday, choosing representation from business, education and community interests throughout the Commonwealth.

"Providing a quality education to Kentucky's youth is essential to advancing our workforce and our economy," said Gov. Beshear, "and no one knows that better than the team I have assembled to serve on this board. This group consists of nationally recognized educators and leaders who organize communities to support the goals of educational attainment. They all understand and share the value and significance of education to the personal growth of Kentuckians and the economic prosperity of our Commonwealth."

Marcum will represent the Third Supreme Court District. He is a former principal, superintendent and national Milken Educator award winner. In 2006, he was named superintendent of the year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. He is currently the executive vice president of St. Catharine College in Springfield. The appointment replaces John Douglas Hubbard, whose term has expired.

Aside from Marcum, the other appointees are Jonathan Parrent of Caldwell County, William L. Twyman of Barren County, Mary Gwen Wheeler of Jefferson County and Martha M. Jones of Boyd County.

Gov. Beshear has also reappointed Dr. C.B. Akins, Sr. of Fayette County and Judith H. Gibbons of Kenton County.

These members will serve for terms expiring April 14, 2014.

 The Kentucky Board of Education has 12 members, with the governor appointing 11 voting members - seven representing the Supreme Court districts and four representing the state at large. The additional non-voting member is the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

The Kentucky Board of Education develops and adopts the regulations that govern Kentucky's 174 public school districts. While the board has legal authority to establish performance standards for local school districts and to mandate corrective actions, the board respects the local autonomy of each school district.