A meeting of the Perry County Board of Education set for Wednesday to consider terminating Superintendent John Paul Amis's contract was cancelled. (photo by Bailey Richards)
HAZARD — A planned meeting of the Perry County Board of Education for Wednesday to consider whether or not to terminate Superintendent John Paul Amis’s contract has been cancelled, but is expected to be rescheduled.
The original notice and agenda for the meeting were released to the Herald Monday morning, with Supt. Amis’s contract being the only business item listed. Amis was hired by the board in the 1990s, and last year was named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky School Board Association. His current contract runs through 2016.
The agenda noted that the board would consider the issue pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statute 160.350(3), which states that the board must have at least a four vote majority to terminate the contract, along with approval by the Kentucky Commissioner of Education.
But according to a notice of cancellation released to the Herald early Tuesday evening, the meeting was cancelled for unspecified reasons. No date for a reschedule has been announced, though Board Chairman John C. Combs did say the meeting would be held at a later date.
“I am waiting to hear from an attorney, he is supposed to be calling me back,” Combs said on Tuesday. “There is a technicality, but everything should be worked back out and we will have another meeting scheduled.”
Combs on Monday declined to talk in detail or list what specific issues brought the need for a meeting to consider Amis's contract, adding that he would wait to discuss it with the rest of the board.
Superintendent Amis was not in his office Monday morning, and did not return a call seeking comment.