After two board meetings and much deliberation, the Magoffin County School Board voted 3-to-2 to renew Superintendent Joe Hunley’s contract for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014.
The board could not come to a decision during the first special session, held Tuesday, June 29, so the item was tabled for the next day, which was the last day of Hunley’s previous contract.
An emergency special session was held on June 30 to immediately take action, cutting the deadline close. The board finally voted on the issue a little before 9 p.m., when his contract was set to expire at midnight of July 1.
Chairman John Montgomery said the decision came down to the deadline because the board was unable to come to any decisions earlier.
Between the two meetings, board members met in closed session each time to discuss the agenda item which was a four year extension for Joe Hunley to begin on July 1, 2010.
When board members emerged from the closed session on Wednesday night, a motion was made and seconded to award the four year extension to Hunley.
Board members Caroline Isaac and David Smith voted against the motion to hire Hunley for another four-year term, while Suzanne Arnett, John Montgomery and Carl Howard voted for the motion.
An approximate crowd of 50 people which included certified and classified staff as well as common citizens and family members were on hand to witness the board meeting.
Applause from the crowd broke out immediately following the decision made by the board.
“I’m just glad others had enough confidence in me to hire me on a little while longer,” Hunley said.
Though he said he is always considering retirement, he is glad he can see some of his projects come to fruition, as well as address other wishes and needs regarding the school system, Hunley said.
He said he understands why this decision took a lot of deliberation.
“It’s a tough decision,” Hunley said. “They have to answer to their constituents and evaluate performance. That’s a tough job.”
The Magoffin County Board of Education meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Their next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, July 20, 2010