Process to fill vacancy to begin following July 16 school board meeting
July 1, 2019—Benjamin Gies resigned his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) as District Four representative today to take a new position as policy principal at Kentucky Youth Advocates. Gies notified Board Chair Diane Porter via letter this morning and the full board will officially accept the resignation and declare a vacancy at the next JCBE meeting on July 16.
“Our board and superintendent continue to accomplish much in a spirit of collaboration, deep mutual respect, and a core vision united in making Jefferson County Public Schools an exceptional school system with our students’ best interests at heart,” Gies said. “Our team’s commitment to collaboration with community partners, the construction of new facilities, racial equity, and career/technical education have reinvigorated a system that will bear fruit in a strong and more prosperous Louisville. I applaud our board and Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio in this tremendous progress. I do not take my decision to resign lightly, as I view our role as stewards of public education as being of the utmost importance.”
A 60-day timeline to fill the board seat will begin after the JCBE accepts the resignation and declares a vacancy at the July 16 meeting. A summary of the process is as follows:
- KRS 160.190 provides for the vacancy on a local board of education to be filled by a majority of the remaining board members within 60 days after the vacancy occurs.
- Within 30 days of the vacancy, the board shall solicit applications for two weeks via placing a notice of the vacancy on the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) website and in the Courier Journal.
- Applicants will file a letter of intent with the board, including an affirmation of eligibility (applicants must be at least 24 years old, a citizen of Kentucky for at least three years, and registered to vote in the district of the vacancy) and a transcript evidencing the completion of 12th grade or equivalency.
- The board will select from the eligible applicants that applied.
“The board appreciates and thanks Ben for his service and commitment to the education of our students,” Chair Porter said. “We will work diligently to appoint a qualified candidate to fill his seat.”
Discussions by the board may take place in closed session and may include individual interviews with applicants. Final action to fill the vacancy will occur in an open session.