School board takes no action against superintendent

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By Linda Ireland

 The LaRue County School Board convened April 1 in a special called meeting to discuss the March 29 arrest of Superintendent Sam Sanders.

Sanders was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and speeding by Hodgenville City Police. He was driving a school-owned vehicle.

He will be arraigned today – April 9 – in LaRue District Court.

Four board members – Joanna Hinton, Linda Pearman, Price Smith and Michael Hornback – met at Central Office, in the cafeteria of the former Hodgenville Elementary School. They went into a closed session in another area of the building to discuss personnel.

Board member Dawn Conner was on vacation.

Sanders did not attend.

About 50 people – including TV crews – waited about 90 minutes for the board to emerge. Disappointment was expressed by the audience – some of it loudly – when Chairman Hornback read a brief statement that no action was being taken. 

The meeting, he said, was held so the board “could begin our conversation with each other and our legal counsel about our superintendent’s arrest….”

“This meeting was the beginning of discussion and actions that will take place in the coming days and weeks. We will not be taking any official action tonight. Another meeting will be scheduled once all of our board members are back in town and the full board can be in attendance.

Hornback said the board would not be taking questions after the meeting.

“Extreme care must be taken with personnel and legal issues and we feel it would be careless for us to speak before the legal process has run its course and before we have had the opportunity to act formally as a board,” he said.

Several people asked to speak but the meeting was adjourned.

Gerald Harris was among the more outspoken, calling the meeting “a waste of time.”

He shouted at the board members as they left the room: “I hope every one of you all get voted out of office. He’s got every one of you wrapped around his finger.”

Pearman, who paused to speak with reporters as she left, said personnel matters are discussed in private to protect the rights of employees. 

“He’s innocent until proven guilty,” she said.