With a state report finding Menifee County school officials had "wasted the opportunity" to manage their own district, the Kentucky Board of Education on Friday will consider a state takeover.
The Menifee school board voted in June not to contest the move, according to state documents. District officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Currently, only the Breathitt County school district is managed by the Kentucky Department of Education.
The state board will consider a recommendation Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday made in June for state management of Menifee County schools, a news release said.
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There have been several problems that the district failed to correct despite help from the state, according to state documents.
"The perception of a divide between those who previously supported the former superintendent and those who support the present superintendent has persisted," an education department report said about one problem.
"There remains a palpable fear that jobs are on the line, every day, based upon which side of the divide an employee is perceived to fall."
The district has been under state assistance since December 2014 after a management audit found a significant lack of efficiency and effectiveness in governance of the school district, including finances and instruction.
Under state assistance, the state Department of Education worked to develop and implement a plan to correct deficiencies found in the audit.
State management is far more severe: The state commissioner of education exercises full and complete control of all aspects of the management of the school district formerly exercised by the local school board and the superintendent. Any local school board member or the local superintendent may be removed from office by the Kentucky Board of Education. The state maintains control until the state board determines that the pattern of ineffective and inefficient governance and the deficiencies have been corrected.
In other problems, state officials found evidence that individuals were hired for positions for which they were not qualified or certified, the district had only one maintenance employee, and the district failed to maintain equipment to safely transport children.
"The district has failed to produce concrete plans that address, or even acknowledge, problems that interfere with the most basic functions of the district," the report said.
"The district has wasted the opportunity to manage the administrative, operational, financial, personnel, and instructional aspects of the... school district," the report said. "State management of the district is 'necessary' ... to restore the confidence of the students and communities served by the Menifee County Schools."
Danville faces probation
Also at Friday's meeting, the board may take action to put Danville Independent Schools on probation as a District of Innovation for not carrying out its approved plan.
Under the District of Innovation program, Kentucky public school districts apply to the Kentucky Board of Education to be exempt from administrative regulations and statutory provisions, and they waive local board policy in an effort to improve learning.
Under former superintendent Carmen Coleman, Danville received national attention as a district of innovation in 2013-14.
Kentucky Department of Education documents show that Danville made progress that year, but under a new superintendent in 2014-15, there was "little or no evidence that implementation of the plan was moving forward," documents said.
Superintendent Keith Look, who took the job in July 2014, told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that district officials were committed to continuing as a district of innovation.
"We've had a number of changes in leadership positions this past year and are looking to assess all of our work and move forward," Look said. "This is an opportunity for us to align and tighten our work."