Passing the House and the Senate early in the 2017 short session of the Kentucky General Assembly and with the signature of Governor Matt Bevin, the Charter Schools bill is now law in Kentucky.
State oversight of charter schools will, in large part, be in the hands of the Charter Schools Advisory Council. Appointed by the Governor, the members of the newly formed council were released this week.
• Brandon Kyle Wilson, Cunningham, represents parents. He is a farm manager for Davis Brothers Farms and earned a Ph.D. from Auburn University.
• Holly Iaccarino, Versailles, represents attorneys. Iaccarino earned a Law degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and is an attorney for Barnett Benvenuti & Butler PLLC.
• Wayne Lewis, Versailles, represents members with education policy expertise. He serves as executive director of education policy and programs for the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet. He holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
These three will serve through June of 2020.
• Martha Fitts Clark, Owensboro, represents members with business or finance background. She is a former teacher and a CPA.
• Aaron Thompson Jr., Richmond, represents members with education policy expertise. Most recently, he has been executive vice president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and interim president of Kentucky State University, and holds a Ph.D. from Eastern Kentucky University.
Both will serve through 2019.
• Milton Seymore, Louisville, represents the Kentucky Board of Education. He is a pastor at Energized Baptist Church.
• Ben Lovell Cundiff, Cadiz, represents the Kentucky Board of Education. He is a farmer and earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University.
• Gary Wayne Houchens, Bowling Green, represents the Kentucky Board of Education. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at Western Kentucky University. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville.
• Valerie O’Rear, Fisherville, represents the School, Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council. She is a retired military officer and the owner of Live Well, Live Wisely.
These four will serve through 2018.
Lewis will serve as chair and Iaccarino as vice-chair.