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Sams Resigns from Board

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No. 17-003
DATE March 3, 2017 
MEDIA CONTACT - Ryan S. Allan (502) 633-2375 / ryan.allan@shelby.kyschools.us


Shelby County Board of Education member, Karen Sams, notified the Superintendent and the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, via prepared statement on Friday, February 24, that she is tendering her resignation from the Board. Ms. Sams has served on the Shelby County Board of Education since 2012. Her current term is scheduled to end December 2020. She is a resident and representative of District Two.

In her announcement, Sams said, “Due to increased professional responsibilities, I will not be able to continue the level of commitment and participation that is due to our staff and students. My District warrants a representative that can be available every meeting. Unfortunately, I cannot rule out that new job responsibilities may interfere with future meeting dates.”

James Neihof, SCPS Superintendent, said of Sams’s board tenure, “I am appreciative of Mrs. Sams and her years of service to Shelby County Public Schools. She has been an advocate for our county’s children and their families. I know the Board joins me in wishing Karen all the best.”

According to KRS 160.190, (1) Any vacancy in any board of education shall be filled by the chief state school officer within ninety (90) days after the vacancy occurs. The member so chosen shall meet the eligibility requirements as established by KRS 160.180 and shall hold office until his successor is elected and has qualified. The local board of education may make nominations and any person may nominate himself or another for the office. In her notification, Ms. Sams endorsed a resident of District Two to fill her seat.

The statute also explains that the Commissioner’s appointee will serve until the next regularly scheduled Board of Education election - November 2018. At that time, the election results will determine who completes the term.

Ms. Sams wanted her constituents to know, “The people of District Two will continue to be heard and represented by the entire Board of Education. Each member of the Board cares about all the students of our District. Any member of this community should feel free to contact any Board Member to share their thoughts about our schools.”


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