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Shelton Resignation A Surprise For School Officials, Parents

Josh James

School board members and district parents are reacting to Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton's resignation announcement.

While Shelton is leaving to take the executive director spot with the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, the move comes just two months after the district was handed a highly critical audit. No mention of that report, or the efforts underway to fix the district's  financial mismanagement, was made in the announcement.

Despite the recent turmoil, many of his colleagues did not see the resignation coming.

"Honestly, I expected him to stay until the end of his contract. His timing does shock me on that," school board member Doug Barnett told WKYT-TV.

The decision means the board must begin the search process for a new superintendent just three and a half years after it selected Shelton. The superintendent screening committee will consist of two teachers, one board of education member, one principal, one parent, and one classified employee.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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