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Breathitt school board member removed from post

The Kentucky Department of Education voted Tuesday to remove a man from the Breathitt County School Board because of evidence of official misconduct, a spokeswoman said.

Kelly Noble, 59, of Jackson, had served on the school board since the 1980s, said education department spokeswoman Lisa Gross. She said the state board unanimously voted to remove Noble after receiving a report from the state's Office of Inspector General.

In May, Noble, who was employed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, was indicted on charges of official misconduct and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, both Class A misdemeanors, and 28 counts of second-degree forgery, a Class D felony.

Noble is accused of misusing a cell phone and a motor vehicle provided to him by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, according to the indictment. He is also accused of making false entries in documents regarding hours worked.

School board members can be removed if they are believed to be guilty of "immorality, misconduct in office, incompetency, willful neglect of duty or nonfeasance," according to state statutes.

Gross said someone will be appointed as soon as possible to replace Noble on the board.