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Lois King age 85 of Pine Knot passed away Friday February 5, 2016. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00PM at Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial in King Meadows Cemetery in Pine Knot. Visitation will be Monday after 6:00PM at the funeral home. Pine Knot Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
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McCREARY OFFICIALS SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR BUILDING REMOVAL
After voting last month to declare the old 911 center building in Whitley City as surplus property, the McCreary County Fiscal Court is currently seeking proposals from qualified individuals, contractors or companies for the removal of that building. The public notice states that anyone interested in buying the old 911 building, located next to the ambulance service building on Main Street, can submit their proposal now through 4:30pm this Thursday February 11th. The land is not included in the proposal, just the building, which must be taken down and completely removed from the site. To qualify, you must provide proof of personal liability insurance. Sealed proposals can be submitted to the McCreary County Judge/Executive's office by mailing to PO Box 579 Whitley City, KY 42653. Again, the deadline to receive proposals in the office is this Thursday February 11th at 4:30pm as the Fiscal Court will meet Thursday evening at 6:00pm to potentially award the bid.

KENTUCKY HEARTWOOD TO HOST PUBLIC FORUM ON LOGGING PLAN
Environmental group “Kentucky Heartwood” has announced plans to host a public forum this Saturday February 13th starting at 1:00pm at the McCreary County Public Library. The meeting will be held to share information with the public about the group's concerns over plans by the US Forest Service to log more than 3,000 acres of the Daniel Boone National Forest in McCreary and Pulaski Counties. The plan is reportedly part of the Forest Service “Greenwood Vegetation Management Plan” which also includes more than 200 acres of herbicide spraying and 10,000 acres of prescribed burning within the forest, according to the Kentucky Heartwood release. The public forum is open to anyone wishing to learn more about the project and provide their input. It will be held at the public library between 1:00-3:00pm this Saturday. Additional information is available from Kentucky Heartwood by calling (859)334-0602 or by e-mailing jim@kyheartwood.org.

McCREARY UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT, SEX ABUSE CASE INVESTIGATED
Authorities are investigating reports of an unlawful imprisonment and sexual abuse that allegedly occurred this past Wednesday (February 3rd) in Whitley City. Kentucky State Police report that a woman stopped in the parking lot of a local business and attempted to go inside when she found the business was closed. This was just after 3:00pm Wednesday. The woman says she was then confronted by a man who police identified as 54 year old Dewayne Chambers of Huntsville, Tennessee who grabbed the victim and tried to pull her into his vehicle. During the course of the struggle, police say Chambers also attempted to sexually assault the woman, who eventually broke free and fled the scene. A short distance from the scene the woman spotted McCreary County Sheriff's Deputy Odell Smith who responded to her calls for help and located the suspected. Chambers was taken into custody and was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center under charges of sexual abuse first degree and unlawful imprisonment first degree. The victim reportedly suffered minor injuries in the attack. Kentucky State Police are now leading the investigation with assistance from the McCreary County Sheriff's Department.

SOMERSET FIREMAN INDICTED ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES
A man responsible for helping to protect life and property as a fireman in Somerset is now facing charges of harming a child. The Kentucky Attorney General's Office announced this week the indictment of 52 year old Russell Burton of Somerset on multiple counts of rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, criminal abuse, and incest, all involving a minor. Burton is reportedly a former deputy sheriff and a current member of the Somerset Fire Department. The Attorney General's Office says that the charges range from Class A to Class D felonies, with penalties of up to life in prison if convicted. The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police. Listeners are reminded that an indictment is a formal charge in a case, but is not a finding of guilt.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR AREA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
As the second half of the 2015-2016 school year is now well underway, local high school seniors who are looking forward to graduation in a few short months may also be thinking about continuing their education at the next level. Given the high cost of post-secondary education, scholarships may be a good option for some students to help them financially. A number of scholarship awards will be presented in the coming months, with McCreary Central High School staff announcing that information on many of those opportunities is available in the school's guidance counselor's office now. Some of the scholarships being offered include those offered by Highland Telephone, South Kentucky RECC, Cumberland Valley RECC, Kentucky Farm Bureau, and others. Students interested in applying for scholarships should check on them soon to avoid missing application deadlines.

McCREARY COUNTY REPUBLICANS GEARING UP FOR TWO BIG EVENTS
Republicans in McCreary County are preparing for two major events in the coming weeks. The local party will host their annual “Lincoln Day Dinner” on Saturday February 20th starting at 6:00pm at the Heritage Hall Community Center in downtown Stearns. The event always includes special speakers and dinner. Tickets are available for $25 each with tickets and information available by contacting Shane Gilreath, Party Chair, at 606-354-6824. Local Republicans are also getting ready to vote for their choice for GOP nominee for President during Kentucky's first Presidential Caucus to be held Saturday March 5th. Gilreath says voters should make note of the fact that there will be only one location for all McCreary County Republicans to gather and cast their ballot, rather than the many individual precinct locations seen in regular elections. Additional information on the caucus can be found online at the Kentucky Republican Party's Caucus website at www.rpk.org/caucus.

DEATH OF McCREARY COUNTY INFANT UNDER INVESTIGATION
Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a five month old child in McCreary County. Police say a call was received at the State Police Post in London at about 2:30pm on Tuesday (February 2nd) from McCreary County EMS about an unresponsive infant on Johns Road in Pine Knot. Investigators learned that the child's father reportedly found the infant unresponsive and call 911. The infant was transported to Pioneer Hospital in Oneida, Tennessee where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy was scheduled, although police say foul play is not currently suspected in the case. Kentucky State Police are leading the investigation.

TENNESSEE CHILD RAPE SUSPECT FOUND IN KENTUCKY FACING CHARGES
A fugitive wanted on charges including aggravated assault and child rape in Tennessee was found recently hiding in his brother's home in Laurel County, Kentucky. Police took the man into custody, but not before they say he assaulted a deputy and tried to escape custody. Rick Brock was subdued by officers and charged with resisting arrest, assault and escape in connection with the incident. Brock was in court Tuesday where he entered a guilty plea to those charges in Kentucky, but he is awaiting extradition back to Tennessee to answer to the other charges.

KENTUCKY ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNING ABOUT IRS SCAM
We have reported previously on scams that have been circulating, and specifically those in which a caller claims to be from the IRS and targets people, many times seniors. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a warning to state residents to be especially mindful during this tax season of this scam in which a caller claiming to be from the IRS tells the targeted victim that they owe back taxes and must pay them immediately to avoid penalties, and possibly criminal charges. Some scammers also call asking to update someone's personal information, claiming it will help speed up any tax refund payments to that individual. You are reminded that the IRS will never call you about owed taxes and will instead send correspondence through the mail. The IRS also will not ask for your credit or debit card number over the phone and will not threaten to call police or other agencies because you have not paid taxes. The IRS also will not e-mail people asking for personal information. Kentuckians should report scams to the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 and to the Kentucky Attorney General's office at 888-432-9257.

McCREARY COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ADDS NEW TRUCK TO FLEET
The McCreary County Ambulance Service is continuing the move to newer ambulances utilizing a combination of grant funding and funds set aside monthly by the county in a dedicated ambulance replacement fund. The local service took possession of Rescue truck 85 last week, which is the latest addition to the fleet of vehicles and was paid for using a $50,000 grant and $38,000 from the dedicated county fund. Some time ago, McCreary County Fiscal Court agreed to establish the fund and put $5,000 monthly into that fund, coming directly from ambulance service collections. That money is set aside so the service can replace one ambulance each year with a new chassis and refurbished box and equipment.

VEHICLE TAX INFO NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE THROUGH STATE WEBSITE
A new feature has been added to the website of the Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing that officials say will help Kentucky residents and will also ease the strain on local county clerk's offices. Each year, county clerk's offices receive many phone calls from people who want information on taxes paid on vehicles during the year for use in filing income taxes. That tax information on vehicles is now available online for residents to look up themselves rather than having to call for the information. No personal information is given in the online listings, but vehicle owners can use the Vehicle Identification Number for their vehicle to look up taxes paid during the year. To access the information, visit the website of the Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing at drive.ky.gov.

INVESTIGATORS FIND NO CRIMINAL WRONGDOING BY SCHOOL OFFICIAL
In an update to a story we previously brought you from the neighboring community of Oneida, Tennessee, the investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by an Oneida High School Assistant Principal have resulted in investigators releasing their report last week. The investigation, involving the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and the Oneida Police Department, ended with the joint group stating there appears to have been no criminal wrongdoing by Jason Terry. He was accused of having inappropriate interactions with female students at the school but the findings indicate nothing of a criminal violation was involved. Terry has been on medical leave of absence and could reportedly still face some type of disciplinary action by the school district in the case.

McCREARY EXTENSION SERVICE SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR SURVEY
The McCreary County Cooperative Extension Service is currently seeking participants to complete a survey on programs and projects to help meet the needs of the local community. Every four years the extension service conducts the survey to take a close look at the educational programs they are offering in the fields of family and consumer sciences, agriculture, natural resources and horticulture. Other areas looked at are 4-H youth development, as well as community, economic and leadership development. The survey allows members of the community and clients impacted by services offered by the extension service to give honest input on programs offered. This helps the extension service plan and adapt to meet the needs of the county moving forward. The survey may be completed online by following the link below:

https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cx8Wi8rfw1zZNgp

PUBLIC NOTICE ON WINTER STORM SHELTERS LACKING SAYS RED CROSS
During the recent winter storm that moved through the area covering McCreary County in about a foot of snow, causing hazardous travel conditions, and knocking out power to many, shelters were apparently in place for any local residents who may have found themselves without a proper heating source or food and water. However, how many people know about such shelters being available is still in question. The McCreary County Voice reports this past week on comments by Terry Baker, the county's Red Cross representative, that he was “disappointed by...a lack of response from county officials in setting up and advertising the availability of shelters for those affected by the cold.” County leaders say shelters were set up including one at the McCreary County Park Senior Citizens Center where cots and food and water were reportedly taken for any residents who may need sheltered there. Other locations were reportedly designated in the county as warming stations and shelters. The Voice reports that the only real means used to advertise this service was a post on the McCreary 911 Facebook page. The article points out that the word was not spread to local media, and indeed WHAY did not receive any notice of such shelters being in place. Judge Executive Doug Stephens tells The Voice that the county took what steps it could to make sure the shelters were in place with supplies in case any calls came in to 911 needing assistance. In fact, the article states that only one family sought such help during the winter storm emergency. Baker, with the Red Cross, states that he believes more families may have been able to use the services available if more had been done to notify the public of that option.

WHITLEY COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER ASSAULTING HIS OWN MOTHER
A Whitley County man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting his own mother this past Friday. The Whitley County Sheriff's Department says that 22 year old Roy D. Golden is accused of attacking his 40 year old mother, who tells officers she had to use a knife on him in self defense. The suspect then fled the scene but police later received a tip as to his whereabouts and found Golden with two wounds to his arm. He was transported for treatment and was then arrested and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center on charges of fourth degree assault and for a warrant for a parole violation. The case remains under investigation.

McCREARY CENTRAL PARKING ADJUSTED AS WORK BEGINS ON FACILITIES
As work is set to begin to repair bleachers at the McCreary Central High School baseball field and additional work is begun on the high school softball field, some adjustments are being made to parking at the school. That is according to an e-mail blast sent out late Friday by Principal Sharon Privett stating that school staff will be looking at the assigned parking to determine vacant slots for reassignment. Those who have been parking near the drives to the fields will need to be moved to avoid blocking construction areas. Privett says as school gets back in session following the recent round of winter weather, the situation will be worked out as quickly as possible.

McCREARY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SELECTS CASH TO LEAD DISTRICT
After months of serving as interim McCreary County Schools Superintendent, Mike Cash was officially selected to fill the post during a special meeting of the local school board this week. The board met Wednesday night for nearly four hours, including most of that time in executive session interviewing finalists for the job put forth by the selection committee. That committee had worked for weeks to review applicants, conduct their own interviews and make recommendations to the school board. A little before 10:00pm Wednesday night, the meeting came to a close with a vote by the board to approve a contract with Cash for the top spot in the school district.
LIVESTOCK LOSSES FROM WINTER STORM SHOULD BE REPORTED SOON
The Farm Service Agency office that serves this region, including McCreary County, has announced that those with livestock losses from the Winter Storm that moved through the area this past weekend should report those losses soon. Such losses must be reported to the agency within thirty days of the event to be eligible for assistance in recovering from those losses. You must be able to prove that the eligible livestock losses occurred as a direct result of the adverse weather event for which benefits are being requested. McCreary County Agriculture Extension Agent Greg Whitis is issuing reminders to those locally with losses so they apply for eligible assistance within the application window. You can report these losses by calling the Farm Service Agency office at 606-678-4842 extension 2 or fax information to (855)784-0872.
McCREARY AMONG 109 KENTUCKY COUNTIES WITH HIGHER JOBLESS RATES
McCreary County is among the 109 Kentucky counties which recorded a higher unemployment rate from December 2014 to December 2015. Locally, the jobless rate was up from 8.3% in 2014 to 8.6% this past December. That was also up from the November rate which was 7.6% in McCreary County. Out of the ten Lake Cumberland area counties, six had higher rates from one year to the next, while two were unchanged and only Casey and Russell Counties having lower jobless rates. Statewide the trend was the same with the rate going from 5.1% in December 2014 to 5.5% in December 2015 for Kentucky. The US rate in December was 4.8%. Unemployment rates are based on estimates of actual job seekers in a four week period. For more on Kentucky's labor market and jobless rates you can visit kylmi.ky.gov online.
SOUTH KY RECC RELEASES FINAL WINTER STORM REPORT OF OUTAGES
Following the major winter storm that moved through the area this past weekend, officials with South Kentucky RECC have released their final outage report covering the period from Friday January 22nd through Tuesday January 26th. At the peak of outages for RECC, about 15,000 members were without power, but that does include a transmission failure which knocked out power to most of McCreary County Friday evening. About 8,000 members were without power due to outages through just the RECC system. The major source of outages in the region was tree limbs that broke and fell on power lines. Efforts to restore power were also hampered by the poor road conditions in the area, according to a release from RECC. In addition to the crews that were out working during the storm, officials say in many cases members helped by bringing food and drinks to those crews and even helped pull trucks out of snow banks helping with the effort. Crews continued working through Tuesday to restore power to all in the region who had lost service.
FINAL LIST OF CANDIDATES RELEASED FOR 2016 ELECTION CYCLE
With this past Tuesday, January 26th, being the deadline for candidates to file to run for office in the 2016 election cycle in Kentucky, the final list of candidates has been released and posted on the Secretary of State's website. On a somewhat local level, Ken Upchurch will apparently run unopposed, not only in the May primary but also in the November General Election, as no other candidates filed in the 52nd district for state representative. In the race for US Representative, no Democrats filed to run in Kentucky's 5th district, while Hal Rogers filed to run for re-election opposed in the GOP primary by fellow Somerset reside John Burk, Jr. Kentucky's US Senate race has a full field including Senator Rand Paul running for re-election on the Republican ticket, challenged by Stephen Howard Slaughter of Louisville and James Gould of Lexington. Democrats running for US Senate include Lexington Mayor Jim Gray who filed Tuesday, along with Rory Houlihan, Jeff Kender, Ron Leach, Tom Recktenwald, Grant Short and Sellus Wilder. The race for President will also be on the ballot in 2016 with Democrats in Kentucky asked to select their choice for nominee in May with options including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley and Rocky DeLa Fuente. Republican candidates for President filed directly with the Kentucky Republican Party, which will conduct a caucus to select their candidate rather than voting in the May primary. The caucus will be Saturday March 5th with Republicans in McCreary County able to attend the caucus at McCreary Middle School that day between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
KENTUCKY PAIR CHARGED WITH DRUG OFFENSES IN TENNESSEE
The Scott County, Tennessee Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of two Kentucky men on drug charges. It happened following a traffic stop in Oneida early Friday morning. The vehicle was initially stopped for the offense of a broken taillight but an unidentified 17 year old juvenile in the vehicle reportedly told officers there may have been marijuana in the vehicle. After the vehicle's occupants failed to locate the marijuana, a search turned up a bag in the possession of one of the individuals containing residue of methamphetamine. Also located during the search was about 2.5 grams of compressed marijuana, a 45 caliber handgun, a marijuana grinder, set of digital scales and several empty ziploc bags. 25 year old Justin Price and the juvenile, both of Somerset, were arrested at the scene and charged with felony possession of marijuana for resale, felony possession of a handgun, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges were also filed against Price including violation of the Drug Free School Zone Act for possessing the drugs near the Oneida School area. The Scott County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case.
McCREARY'S UPCOMING WET/DRY VOTE PROMPTS SCHEDULED DEBATE
With a countywide vote on whether to legalize alcohol sales set for Tuesday March 8th, the Truth or Politics program hosted by Darlene Price has now scheduled a debate on the issue. The current issues program is held most Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the McCreary County Senior Citizens Center at the County Park with the topic on Monday February 29th being the wet/dry vote. Price is inviting individuals on each side of the issue to appear on the program to voice their opinion and answer related questions. Anyone interested in taking part on the panel on either side of the issue can contact Darlene Price at 376-5931 or 606-271-8572. The debate will not be canceled due to a lack of participation on either side, but would be postponed for inclement weather. The wet/dry debate again will be Monday February 29th at 6:00pm live at the McCreary County Senior Citizens Center with audience members welcome. The program will also air live on WHAY 98.3FM.
PULASKI COUNTY HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS TWO LIVES SUNDAY
Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of a house fire in Pulaski County that claimed two lives this past weekend. It happened Saturday afternoon when crews were called to the scene on Coffey Road in the Nancy area. Crews had a tough time reaching the home and clearing the scene due to the snow and ice covered roads, but they located the bodies inside the structure Sunday. The names of the victims were not being released at last report and investigators will still looking at possible causes for that fatal fire.
McCREARY COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE TAKING FRUIT PLANT ORDERS
It is an annual occurrence and this year is no different. The McCreary County Extension Service is currently taking orders for various fruit plants with a deadline of February 18th to place orders. Included are several varieties of strawberries such as “earliglow” and “all-star”, plus apple rootstock, pear rootstock, blueberry plants, blackberry plants, and raspberry plants. The cost for the orders varies depending on the variety ordered. Contact the extension service for details and to place orders at 376-2524 or stop by their office in the McCreary Center of Somerset Community College.
KY DEPT OF FISH & WILDLIFE ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON ELK HERD
Since elk were released into the mountains of southeastern Kentucky in the late 1990s, the state has been working to properly manage the elk herd. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says that the state's elk population is now considered the largest east of the Rocky Mountains and the herd management plan has to be adjusted as time passes to adapt to the ever growing population. The department has released a draft management plan which is available for viewing online at fw.ky.gov. They are also accepting public comment on the plan through February 5th. Comments can be submitted via e-mail by sending to the Deer and Elk Program Coordinator, Gabe Jenkins, at gabriel.jenkins@ky.gov. The plan has been drafted using data from past year's as well as input from interested parties.
McCREARY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT BUSTS DRUG RING
The McCreary County Sheriff's Department has reported the results of two major investigations involving drug trafficking in the local area. The details were released to The McCreary County Voice which reports on the cases. The investigations have been ongoing for many months and resulted in a federal judge issuing indictments against 14 individuals, according to Sheriff Randy Waters, who told The Voice that additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming as the investigations continue. Some of those arrested as part of the cases include Steven Green, Joyce Good aka Joyce Watson, and Scotty Watson, all accused of con[siring together to distribute methamphetamine in McCreary County. In addition to the McCreary County Sheriff's Department, several other law enforcement agencies are working on the cases including the ATF, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Trafficking Task Force, and Kentucky State Police. Full details of the investigations can be found in the January 14th edition of The McCreary County Voice.
McCREARY FISCAL COURT VOTES TO PROVIDE FOR SHERIFF'S PAYROLL
Meeting in regular session Thursday evening, the McCreary County Fiscal Court was approached by Sheriff Randy Waters who asked for assistance in making his department's payroll this pay period. The sheriff's department begins its fiscal year on January 1st and must start its accounting year with a zero balance and then seek state advancement of funds to operate until its share of property tax payments can cover the department's budget through the year. While Sheriff Waters is applying for the state advancement money, he said it could be a couple of weeks before that comes in leaving him with no funds to make payroll this time around. He estimated it would be around $7500-$8000 to make the payroll for the period. Court members discussed how they could approve such a request and from where that money would come with an already strained General Fund for the county. One possibility discussed was using funds from another fund to cover the request. Park funds were discussed at first before EMS/911 Director Jimmy Barnett suggested that the funds could come from the ambulance replacement fund. Those are dollars set aside monthly by the county in a specific fund to help replace aging ambulances each year. Barnett said that there would be at least enough funds in the account to help the sheriff's department and that the funds would not be needed for another ambulance for more than a year. Sheriff Waters did indicate he would repay the funds as soon as state advancement money comes in to his department. The court approved the measure to keep the sheriff's department in operation. The discussion also included ideas such as working with the sheriff to hold back some excess fees at the end of the year which the court could then return to his department for this type of issue. Waters noted that there was discussion at the state level of changing his department's fiscal year to July 1st through June 30th, which would match the county's fiscal year.
McCREARY LEADERS LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE THE COUNTY PARK
One item of discussion during this week's regular meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court was the possibility of refinancing the debt on the county park facilities, including the community building. Deputy Judge Executive Andy Powell noted that the debt has been paid down to about $180,000 on a building valued at about $500,000, meaning there is more than $300,000 in equity in the facility now that could be borrowed against to support projects and improvements at the park. He said the county should be able to work the refinancing so the monthly payment is the same as what the county pays currently, so it would not impact the current budget month-to-month but would extend the term of the note out more years. Some improvements discussed included lights for the little league baseball and softball fields, splash pads, additional playground equipment, paved walking trails, lights for the walking trails, amphitheater, basketball goals and more. Powell noted that the park board needs to refine its wish list of projects and get solid quotes on each, while the county could contact KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) about refinancing the current debt on the park building. No formal action was taken by fiscal court on the issue.

McCREARY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ISSUES RESPONSE TO INVESTIGATION
We have previously reported extensively on the investigation into actions of the McCreary County Board of Education by the Kentucky General Assembly Office of Education Accountability (OEA). We provided reports on the OEA findings as well as responses issued by the McCreary County School District. However, one voice apparently left out of these reports was that of School Board member Roxanne Shook. Shook, through her attorney Larry Bryson of London, Kentucky, has now issued her own response. A letter on behalf of Shook to officials with OEA states that she was “never contacted in any manner by anyone to respond to the preliminary report...”. The letter continues that the school board took no official action to approve the response issued on behalf of the school district, adding that in Mrs. Shook's opinion the only individuals responsible for the responses issued were Board Chairman Brandon Kidd and Acting Superintendent Mike Cash.

In her own response to allegations against the school board, Shook takes issue with a board response to issues at the McCreary Academy in which the response states that enrollment at the Academy was 86 students instead of 34 as stated in the OEA investigative report. Shook points to a meeting in December of last year in which a study about the Academy was provided and shows the average daily attendance for the program was never higher than 35.60 during that school year. This comes in response to the investigations claim that the board violated state law by failing to use district resources for the promotion of public education and general health and welfare of the pupils of the district and that the board usurped the authority of the superintendent in the process.

Roxanne Shook's response points to several other issues from the investigation and to the responses from the school district of which she says she was never given the opportunity to approve or take part in. Her response to the report also states that she “...continues to be prevented from seeing or participating in some or certain correspondence and dialogue related to certain issues that come before the McCreary County Board of Education.” She points to the fact that no formal meeting was called to discuss the school district response to the OEA reports.

Again, the response by Roxanne Shook, McCreary County School Board member, was issued by her attorney, dated December 15, 2015, and was sent to officials with the Kentucky General Assembly Office of Educational Accountability for review.

School Board Member Roxanne Shook's Response to OEA Investigation/School Board Response (pdf)

Download and view the entire OEA final report and responses issued by the school district by using the links below.

OEA Final Investigative Report on the McCreary School Board (pdf)

Response Issued by School District to Final report by OEA (pdf)

 
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