Joshua Powell Had Trouble In Cloverport

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In October 2006, Joshua Powell was appointed acting superintendent of Cloverport Independent Schools, though he only had provisional certification:


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He had served in special education and other roles at both Cloverport and Trimble County. Until that moment, he’d been serving as a principal:


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And had been employed in the district for just about a year:


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As you can see, he didn’t tell that district that he’d had a conviction:


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Part of a long string of withholding that information, as you learned during Powell’s first Education Professional Standards Board hearing.

In December 2006 Powell applied for the permanent superintendent spot:



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That began, according to district employees and school board members, a multi-year headache. Powell’s tenure in Cloverport was, according to those folks, filled with poor communication, bickering, turmoil, staff and student problems, ignoring teachers, a lack of personal and professional ethics. It was a period of conflict.

According to a March 2008 evaluation conducted by the Cloverport school board, that’s spot-on:


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The situation was rough for Cloverport, which was struggling to right a sinking ship. The board tried hard to work with Powell but things were so difficult that body required him to complete a communications course:


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Conditions in the district never improved and Powell’s contract was not renewed.

Cloverport board members tell us they attempted to warn board members in both Union and Montgomery Counties of major issues they’d had with Powell in their district. Neither school district took them seriously.