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  • Alert: This is a reminder that the district wide tobacco and vaping ban begins on January 1, 2020. All Estill County School Property will be smoke-free & tobacco free environments! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jeff Saylor, Superintendent, or Erika Adams, District Health Services Coordinator.
  • School Closings/Delays: January 23, 2020 Press Release: Estill County Schools RE: Estill County Schools will be closed Friday, January 24th and Monday, January 27th. After monitoring attendance the past few days and several conversations with local health care providers, I have decided that the best course of action for the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is cancel school on Friday, January 24th and Monday, January 27th. All schools will be closed during this time. Only Administration, Custodians and CO Personnel are allowed in the building. Also, it does not benefit us to call off school if we allow extracurricular activities to continue, so beginning this evening at 6pm and continuing until Monday afternoon at 4:00pm, all games, practices and activities with the exception of the following activities will be canceled. Thursday, January 23rd - ECHS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Team Practice Saturday, January 25th - ECHS District Governors Cup at Owsley County Saturday, January 25th - District Honors Band Performance at Bourbon County Sunday, January 26th - ECHS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Team Practice All gyms and sports facilities will be closed and no one is allowed to use our facilities for any events. All schools will reopen on Tuesday morning, January 28th, at 8am. I hope our students, their families and our staff take this time to get better.
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Officers of the Board shall consist of a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer. The secretary and treasurer shall not be members of the Board. Officers shall be elected at the first regular meeting in January each year.  The term of office of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be one (1) year. The term of the Secretary and Treasurer shall be as prescribed in their contracts with the Board. Any vacancy in the office of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer shall be filled at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. Election shall be in a manner prescribed by the Board and shall be for the remainder of the term of office. The Board may secure the services of legal counsel or other such consultants as it may deem necessary. (KRS 160.160160.370160.440)"

In regard to school board elections:

  • School employees have a First Amendment free speech right to support a school board candidate of their choosing, and to declare that publicly. They can put up yard signs in their own yard; attach bumper stickers to their car; tell friends, family and acquaintances who they support; attend campaign events; and openly urge others to support a candidate (letter to the editor, for example), so long as they are doing these things at their own initiative as a private citizen, and not in coordination with the candidate or campaign. KRS 161.164 prohibits retaliation against an employee for engaging in this constitutionally protected free speech.
  • When they begin doing things at the direction or urging of the campaign or candidate, or in direct support of or in coordination with the campaign or candidate, they may be straying into "services" or "management", both of which are still prohibited by law. These kinds of things would include: distributing yard signs or bumper stickers to others; working a "phone bank" or making calls on behalf of a candidate: walking door-to-door with a candidate; driving a candidate to events or to campaign activities;  appearing at campaign events to speak in favor of a candidate; hosting a coffee, "meet and greet", or other campaign event; coordinating volunteers or campaign events; assisting with mail outs of campaign materials; appearing in a campaign ad or purchasing a campaign ad; and certainly giving money or in-kind services to the candidate.
  • The basic distinction is whether the employee's expression of support is initiated voluntarily by the employee as an individual, and is limited to a public, personal declaration of support  (which is permitted), or is part of a larger, coordinated plan that is directed, encouraged, or overseen by the candidate, or is solicited by the candidate, and involves actual service to the campaign/candidate that goes beyond a mere declaration of support.
  • In other words, employees can tell anyone they encounter that they are supporting their friend Bob and urge them to do so; but they cannot help Bob or his campaign organization conduct any of their campaign functions.

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