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.