by Cris Ritchie — Editor
HAZARD – Just as one vacancy on the Perry County Board of Education was filled last month, the board will begin the process again as another member tendered her resignation last week.
Charlene Miller, who represented the schools at Buckhorn and Chavies in District 1, resigned on July 30 after her daughter, Kristie Collett, was hired for a position at central office, according to Superintendent Jonathan Jett. State law prohibits board members from serving on a board of education when an immediate family member also is employed within the district.
“I’m am officially resigning my position as a Perry County board member effective today,” Miller wrote in her resignation letter, dated July 30. “I have enjoyed my time on the board and feel that the district is moving forward.”
Miller’s resignation from the board makes the second since May when former board member James Ritchie resigned. He was replaced by James Moscrip, who was sworn in on July 24 to represent Perry County Schools’ District 3.
Miller was first elected to the board in 2004. She and Debbie McIntosh, who was elected in the same year and remains on the board, became the first women to serve on the Perry County Board of Education. Miller was re-elected in 2008 and again in 2012 while running unopposed. She was sworn in for her latest term in January, and resigns with more than three years remaining.
Superintendent Jett said he has already begun the process of filling the vacancy, and he expects a new board member could be appointed in the next month or two. The board will advertise the vacancy, and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will make the appointment from a pool of applicants. Whoever receives the appointment will serve on the board until the next regular election in 2014, according to Nancy Rodriguez with the Kentucky Department of Education.
Meanwhile, Collett, Miller’s daughter, will work in Perry County in an instructional leadership position in college and career readiness, according to Jett. Among other positions she has held in her career, she previously taught in the Hazard Independent School District.