Fayette County Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton is asking that his annual evaluation be postponed until a state audit of the district is complete.
Shelton is requesting that Fayette County School Board chair John Price delay the yearly assessment because “the board ought to have the benefit of seeing that report prior to completing the evaluation process.” The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Price agrees with the recommendation.
Board policy requires the superintendent and the board to meet before July 31st every year to discuss the evaluation, but does not include a deadline for its submission.
The audit of the district's finances was prompted by allegations from budget director Julane Mullins that questionable accounting practices and mismanagement were the cause of the district’s recent budget woes. Shelton has categorically denied the accusations, saying at a press conference in May that he’s “100 percent confident” the report will prove the allegations false.
For now, State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office has not indicated when the report may be finished.