HAZARD – The Perry County Board of Education is one less member following the hire of Jonathan Jett as superintendent last week.
James Ritchie confirmed to the Herald last week that he will resign from the board, noting significant objections he has with the direction the district seems to be heading. He submitted his resignation in writing to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday last week, according to KDE spokesperson Nancy Rodriguez.
Superintendent Jett declined to comment on Ritchie’s resignation, saying instead that he hopes everyone within the district will work to improve the education system within Perry County Schools.
“The process was followed, the decision was made, and now we all have to work together to do what’s best for our students, and I feel like we can do that,” Jett said.
Commissioner Holliday will have 90 days from the date he received Ritchie’s resignation to appoint a new board member. District officials in Perry County will first be required to announce the vacancy for two weeks in the Herald, which will solicit qualified applicants interested in the position.
Those applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed by a designee, Rodriguez noted. Applications will then be forwarded to Commissioner Holliday, who will then make the final appointment to fill Ritchie’s seat for the remainder of his term, which will end in 2014.
Ritchie himself was appointed to the board in 2009 before running unopposed in 2010 and winning his first full term.