Montgomery Co. Schools Nepotism Mess Continues

In an update to yesterday’s story about the Montgomery County schools superintendent, here’s the official email about the hiring of his wife:

Message: From: Rison, Phil
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:41 PM
To: Montgomery Co Staff
Subject: Director of Special Projects

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Anna Powell to our staff in the position of Director of Special Projects. Anna will begin her duties November 4, 2013, in accordance with KRS 160.380. Anna received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in 2012. She has experience in leading significant improvement in the area of student achievement. She has served as an Assistant Principal, Curriculum Specialist, and has been a Director of Special Education in a top 10 school district. Â Anna is also a certified school psychologist.

I look forward to Dr. Anna Powell joining our team as the Montgomery County School District continues its efforts to be top 10 in everything we do.

Phil Rison, CMAA
Montgomery Co. Schools
Asst Superintendent
NIAAA President

KRS 160.380, which Rison mentions? Here’s a relevant excerpt:

No relative of a superintendent of schools shall be an employee of the school district. However, this shall not apply to a relative who is a classified or certified employee of the school district for at least thirty-six (36) months prior to the superintendent assuming office, or prior to marrying a relative of the superintendent, and who is qualified for the position the employee holds. A superintendent’s spouse who has at least eight (8) years of service in school systems may be an employee of the school district. A superintendent’s spouse who is employed under this provision shall not hold a position in which the spouse supervises certified or classified employees.

There’s a school board meeting tonight and one member tells us they plan to alter the job description in an attempt to make her hiring legal (it won’t be).

Meanwhile, someone from Adam Edelen’s office has been pressing us to ask our sources for additional information. Guess that’ll be fun.