Boyle County Superintendent Mike LaFavers and Assistant Superintendent David Young have been required by the state Office of Education Accountability to take training on the role of the superintendent after an investigation found that Young told principals to follow hiring policies that circumvented state law.
Under the law, the superintendent’s office sends principals a list of qualified teacher candidates and the principal, with the school council advising, chooses the teachers to hire.
Young sent an email to principals in 2014 that outlined a “long standing” hiring process in the district that circumvents a principal’s authority, a Nov. 15 OEA report said.
According to the report, Young’s email to principals and to the superintendent said in part: “Our style is different from many other districts where the school is ‘king’ and the principal makes decisions without regard to Central Office, which only exists to give support and advice. That isn’t us. In our district you know we move the ball together.”
Young told investigators that his e-mail was not in line with the law. LaFavers reprimanded Young at the time, but did not follow up with principals to tell them that the e-mail was inappropriate, the report said.
The OEA report said that in addition to the training on the role of the superintendent in school hiring, LaFavers would have to tell principals and school councils that the hiring process outlined in the email was not in effect in the district. The OEA issued two reports, one regarding Young and the other LaFavers.
LaFaver’s office on Friday sent a response from him to the Herald-Leader that said, “I agree with the OEA that the email was inappropriate and I dealt with this issue as a personnel matter privately the day after it happened.”
“OEA concluded that I should have dealt with the matter publicly as well as privately. I have no objections to the OEA findings and I intend to comply with all resolutions recommended by the OEA. I will point out what was written in the email is not (and never has been) a true reflection of practices within the district,” he said.