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School board approves new teaching position

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By Linda Ireland

 The LaRue County School Board approved the creation of a hearing impaired teacher at a special called meeting on Aug. 20.

The school district already had a contract with Hardin County to provide the service to students.  However, the contract does not cover services to preschool students and there is a student within the district in need of that assistance.

Special Education Director Camille Turner said she was “in conversation” with a certified teacher qualified for the position. The teacher has dual certification and 20 years experience working with preschoolers to high schoolers.

There are few available teachers qualified to teach hearing impaired children, Turner said.

The Board agreed to create the position as the services will likely be needed in the future.

There was some discussion about permitting the parents of the preschooler – who attended the meeting - to participate in the screening of the candidate.

Board member Norbert Skees said he would like to see the parents “have the opportunity to sit in on an interview” to see if they feel comfortable with the teacher.

Michael Hornback responded that the board should “trust” the hiring process in place. Price Smith said it was “a dangerous precedent to set,” adding that he didn’t mind letting the candidate meet the parents.

Skees made a motion to give the parents opportunity to meet the proposed candidates. The motion passed with Hornback opposing.

Superintendent Sam Sanders said after the meeting that the usual protocol is for Turner to conduct candidate interviews and make recommendation for hire.

“The only difference is the parents will be allowed to talk to the candidate and ask questions before the recommendation is made,” Sanders said.