Montgomery County Superintendent Josh Powell, suspended Wednesday by his school board, has a hearing with the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board set for next week.
The Education Professional Standards Board is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators.
Standards board officials confirmed the hearing, but said they would not provide details on the pending case.
Wayne Young, an attorney who is representing Powell in the suspension by the school board, said school board members had not stated a reason for Powell's suspension. Young said he is not involved in the upcoming state standards board case and has no details.
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Young said Powell was suspended with pay Wednesday night after the school board was in executive session for about three hours. The school board also decided not to renew Powell's contract, which ends June 30, Young said. The Mount Sterling Advocate reported that another board executive session was scheduled for Monday.
An attorney for the Montgomery County school board did not respond to the Herald-Leader's requests for comment.
Young, who is also executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, said he doesn't think there is a provision in state law that says a school board can suspend a superintendent.
Young said he is concerned about the effect that the Montgomery County school board's actions could have on other districts in Kentucky.
"This is a global issue," he said.
In a separate previous state standards board case involving Powell when he was superintendent in Union County, the Herald-Leader obtained under the Open Records Act a copy of an October 2013 agreed order.
In that agreed order, Powell acknowledged that while he was superintendent of Union County Schools "in his quest to improve academic performance in Union County" he violated state law and regulations "by failing to ensure appropriate certification for all those in his employ."
The standards board ordered Powell to get training in the area of educator certification.
In December 2013, Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen's office found that Montgomery County school officials made "unreasonable modifications" in hiring the superintendent's wife as director of special projects. Powell told the Herald-Leader in 2013 that Anna Powell's hiring was handled properly.