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Coin toss will break tie for parent representative on Fayette superintendent search committee

A coin toss will break a tie for the parent position on the Fayette County schools superintendent screening committee.

Ballots cast by PTA presidents yielded a tie between two parents — Roger Cleveland and Sharon Mofield-Boswell.

Cleveland ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Doug Barnett for the second district school board seat in the November general election.

Mofield-Boswell is the PTSA president at the district's STEAM Academy.

"On the advice of legal counsel, we will break the tie in the same manner that state law provides for other election ties to be broken — a coin toss," said board chairman John Price.

At 9 a.m. Monday, at the district's Central Office on East Main Street, a representative from the 16th District PTA will toss the coin. The coin toss will be televised live on the district's Channel 13.

"It's an unusual process, but things will be fine," Cleveland said Friday. "I am going to support the district however I can. If I am blessed to serve on the committee, I will represent my constituents the best I can."

Mofield-Boswell said "given a choice, I would have preferred a run-off election between myself and Dr. Cleveland.

"I feel that would have been a more fair and equitable way to serve the families we are chosen to represent," she said.

"Regardless of the outcome of the coin toss, I will continue my work to advocate and support the staff and students of FCPS," she said.

Other people on the committee include the district's budget director Julane Mullins, representing classified personnel; Fayette County Education Association President Jessica Hiler and Associate Director of Certified Personnel Meribeth Gaines, both representing certified employees; and the principal representative, Beaumont Principal Kate McAnelly. A school board member representative will also be chosen next week.

Fayette Superintendent Tom Shelton resigned to become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. His last working day was Friday. Price has said he hopes that a permanent superintendent can be hired by July 1. Until then, longtime Fayette educator Marlene Helm will be the interim superintendent.

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