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The LaRue County Board of Education levied a 30-day suspension without pay against Superintendent Sam Sanders following a nearly two-hour closed session Monday night.
The suspension is set to start April 21 and Assistant Superintendent Amanda Reed was appointed interim superintendent by the board in Sanders’ absence.
Sanders was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding in late March after police allege he cut off a vehicle and led an officer on a brief pursuit. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was not in attendance Monday night.
The board also voted to consider modifications to Sanders’ contract, which is set to take effect on July 1. A clause in the contract gives Sanders free use of district-owned vehicles. He was arrested by police while driving a school-owned car, according to a police report.
The board declined to expound on what modifications it may make to his contract. Board Chairman Michael Hornback said the board could not disclose what it discussed during closed session.
In a brief statement to a small crowd of 30 or more local residents, Hornback said the board takes serious the allegations against Sanders and did not wish to delay sanctions against him until the legal process is exhausted. The board did not take questions or comments from the audience before adjourning.
The board met just days after Sanders was arrested in a lengthy closed session but declined to take action at that time. The decision was unpopular with those in attendance, many of whom called for his termination. Some accused the board of protecting Sanders.
But the board’s decision Monday night was met with slow-building applause and a measure of respect from many in attendance.
LaRueCountyresident Kevin McCubbin said the board’s decision to suspend Sanders was a good start but not a proper ending point.
McCubbin said he hoped the board carefully considered their decisions when reviewing Sanders' contract.
“I think they started in the right direction,” he said. “... There’s still a lot of work to do.”
Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or email@example.com.