Breathitt County Suing State For School District Control

Aug 2, 2013

JACKSON, Ky. - School board members in an eastern Kentucky county have filed a lawsuit against the state.

WYMT-TV reports the lawsuit seeks to put control of day-to-day operations of the Breathitt county school district back into local hands.

The Kentucky Board of Education turned over management of the Appalachian school district to the state last year after audits found management and finances in disarray. One report found that former superintendent Arch Turner took 10 instructional days out of the school calendar but paid teachers more than $525,000 for time not worked. Turner resigned earlier last year after pleading guilty in a federal vote-buying conspiracy.

Officials with the Department of Education told the station that they haven't received a copy of the lawsuit and declined to comment.