Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Powell is firing back after a state audit last summer alleged some improper spending by the district and also questioned the hiring of his wife.
Powell says the financial mismanagement charges were trivial and even state auditor Adam Edelen luaded the district’s books. Powell adds the hiring of his wife, Anna, as the district’s Special Education Director broke no laws and she was the most qualified candidate for the job.
According to Powell, his record as superintendent is a good one and notes the Montgomery County district’s statewide academic standing has risen from 132nd in his first year, to 29th in his second, with a top 10 finish expected this year.
“We made the highest gains in almost every single known area in public education. Highest gains in working conditions in two years and along with that, we’ve had the largest job growth of any school district in Kentucky.” –Joshua Powell
Powell says he’s had three agencies and several attorneys review the state audit’s findings and they all believe he’s done nothing wrong. Powell claims he also has the support of Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.