The West Point Board of Education officially accepted the resignation Tuesday of former superintendent Mickey Brangers who resigned last week after he accepted a math teaching position at Ballard High School in Louisville. Brangers had been superintendent of the school district since May 2014.

Eddie Moore, West Point Board of Ed­u­ca­tion chairman, said the superintendent position was posted Monday and there have been at least two applicants. The district intends to begin interviews soon.

“We’ll have somebody good. Somebody that loves kids,” Moore said. “We’re not going to make any rash decisions, but we’re going to make a great decision.”

Brangers’ resignation came more than a week after the Kentucky De­part­ment of Education con­ducted fieldwork for a management audit, which included an investigation into the district’s compliance with state and federal statutes, administrative regulations and local board policies.

West Point In­de­pen­dent officials previously said they were asked ques­tions about the dis­trict’s curriculum, fa­cil­ities, transportation, school policies, staff and fi­nan­ces.

Depending on the audit results, Ken­tucky Education Com­missioner Wayne Lew­is could re­quest the Kentucky Board of Ed­u­cation have the state assist or manage the school district.

If the state board opts to have KDE takeover the school district, Lewis would be in charge of all the district’s administrative, operational, fi­nan­cial, personnel and in­struc­tional aspects. He could negotiate a merger with Hardin County Schools, which Lewis has sug­gested to West Point Independent officials.

West Point In­de­pen­dent would be entitled to an appeal hearing before an official state takeover.

West Point Board of Ed­u­cation officials did not know when the audit results would be released and an official from KDE said the audit results were not yet available as of Aug 5.

“Specifically, KDE has not concluded its management audit of West Point Independent Schools and has not issued any final report or written document related to the management audit,” the email read.

Brangers’ resignation also came weeks after Becky Hawkins, who was slated to serve as the school’s principal for the 2019-20 school year, accepted a fifth-grade teacher position at Crossroads Elementary School in Bull­itt County. Carla Breeding, a retired educator, is serving as interim principal for the school.

“I am so excited to be at West Point and I’m so impressed with the staff that I have met to this point,” she said Tuesday.

West Point In­de­pen­dent School starts classes Aug. 20.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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