When the Knox County Board of Education called to order their first meeting of the 2018 calendar year, the first three action items would set in place logistics for the year ahead.
The first item was to set the dates, times, and locations for future meetings. After discussion regarding the February meeting occuring the same night as the district basketball tournament, and receiving an invitation from board member Peggy Gray to host a meeting at G.R. Hampton, the Board unanimously voted to set the following as their regular meeting schedule:
- Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30pm, Knox County Middle Old Rock Gym
- Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:30pm, Lynn Camp Middle/High School
- Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6:30pm, Knox Central High School
- Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6:30pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, August 23, 2018, 6:30pm, G.R. Hampton Elementary
- Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:30pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6:30pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30pm, Board Annex
- Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30pm, Board Annex
The next order of business was to elect a new chairman. Charles Merida was elected chairman in January 2017 and assumed the role for one year. A motion was made to elect Gordon Hinkle as the new chairman and received unanimous vote. Hinkle had previously served a partical term as chairman and was the current vice chairman.
The third motion was to elect Dr. William Tom Ashburn to serve as the vice chairman which received unanimous support.
Gordon Hinkle and Dr. Ashburn will assume their new positions during the next board meeting.
During the communications portion of the meeting Frank Shelton and Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles recognized the Board members for their commitment to Knox County’s students. January is School Board Appreciation Month throughout Kentucky. Sprinkles read a proclamation urging the community to show their appreciation to the Knox County Board during January and every month. Shelton presented each member with a copy of the proclamation and a plaque.