Paper Trail Raises Concern About Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s Recent Testimony

Remember when Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday pleaded ignorance of anything going on with fired former Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Powell?

Click here to review the deposition and related shenanigans if your memory is fuzzy.


Turns out there’s a paper trail that suggests Holliday knew more than he claimed. Check out this email from Holliday’s right-hand to an individual who went to him regarding the Powell mess. His name is Jim Dusso.



From: “Smith, Jody – Office of the Commissioner of Education”
Date: January 23, 2014 4:13:48 PM
To: “jimdusso
Subject: Meeting request

Hi Jim. I talked with Dr. Holliday and due to his schedule and the nature of your call, he would like for you to initially meet/talk with staff attorney Dave Wickersham. Our Associate Commissioner of Legal Services, Kevin Brown, may also be in attendance. You will find Mr. Wickersham to be kind and courteous, and most importantly, very knowledgeable and professional.
Shall I have David contact you? Or you may email him to set up a time to meet. His office is on the 1st floor of the Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort.
Phone 502-564-4474, ext. 4833

If I can further help facilitate this meeting, let me know.

Jody Smith
Executive Secretary/Scheduler
Office of the Commissioner
Ky. Dept. of Education
502-564-3141 ext. 4806

Remember Dusso?

Dusso requested a meeting to discuss Powell’s directive for him (Dusso) to alter an employee’s evaluation.

Holliday’s secretary discussed it with him. Holliday knew darn well what was going on.