Superintendent's role: Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm serves as secretary to the school board. Her executive assistant isTanya Dailey, at (859) 381-4104.
To be qualified for this elective office, a candidate or applicant must be at least 24 years old, a Kentucky citizen for the last three years, and a registered voter in the appropriate district and voter precinct(s). They must also hold a high school diploma or GED certificate and be in compliance with anti-nepotism state laws, and cannot provide contract services for the school district.
Under state law, the Kentucky education commissioner has 90 days to appoint someone to complete the term if a seat is vacated. The school board advertises for qualified applicants by running notices in the Lexington Herald-Leader and on the school district’s website. After receiving the applications and verifying qualifications, the Kentucky Department of Education sends a letter to the superintendent with a list of all qualified candidates. A committee selected by the commissioner then interviews all qualified candidates and makes a recommendation to the commissioner, who has the final determination.