The daughter of a local board of education representative who resigned last month has been appointed to fill his unexpired term that ends in December.
Barbara P’Poole was appointed by Lyon County Board of Education on Thursday to fill the vacancy on the Education District 3 seat. She was one of only two applicants, but the other pulled from consideration prior to the board’s decision.
P’Poole’s father, Jim Bannister, resigned his elected post in early May after more than eight years on the board. The 78-year-old cited his age and difficulty in getting around for stepping away from representing the district that comprises the northwest corner of Lyon County, including Kuttawa.
A math teacher at Dawson Springs Elementary School, P’Poole lives in Kuttawa. A graduate of Lyon County Schools and Murray State University, she and her husband Jeff have three daughters who are graduates of Lyon County High School, including Kuttawa City Clerk Savannah McLeod. They have another daughter who will be a junior at LCHS in the fall.
P’Poole will be sworn at the next board meeting.
“Currently, our next regular meeting is June 15,” said Superintendent of Schools Russ Tilford. “If we needed to have a special called meeting prior to that date, we would conduct the swearing in at that time.”
Kentucky boards of education are responsible for many duties, but setting an operating budget and hiring superintendents are chief among their jobs. On the board, P’Poole will join Chairman Denny Gray, District 1; Vice Chairman Dr. Kent Schoonover, District 2; Brad Richie, District 4; and Josh Patton, District 5.
P’Poole filed her paperwork Friday to seek a full four-year term on the board. At press time, she was the only person to have filed for the seat. The close of business Tuesday was the filing deadline.
Districts 2 and 4 are also up for election in November.