Franklin Human Rights Forum Follow-Up

More information is being released regarding the situation of the Franklin-Simpson Middle teacher who says he had to reapply for his own job and then didn't get it.

The superintendent of the Simpson County School District, Jim Flynn, says there are requirements non-tenured teachers meaning they have less than five years experience have to meet to have their contracts renewed.

Superintendent Flynn says non-tenured teachers all have one year contracts and the principals and school council determine whether the contracts are renewed under the guidelines that the teachers certification in is place and they meet the school's expectations.

Superintendent Flynn says under the law, schools have to notify teachers that their contracts are not renewed by April 30th. If a teacher’s certification is not in place prior to April 30th the contract will not be renewed. However, if the teacher receives certification after April 30th teachers can re-apply for the job, but there wasn't a guarantee that they would receive it.

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board says Lonnie Winston had a conditional certificate that expired on June 30th. The board says he took his certification test on April 29th, but he wouldn't have found out if he passed until four to five weeks later.

Winston received his certification on July 1st.

Superintendent Flynn says he reviewed the process the principal and school council followed and says he didn't see any unfair treatment or discrimination.

The school board's attorney has also been asked to review the case to make sure all of the policies and procedures were followed.

Winston was one of four non-tenured teachers at the middle school who did not have their contracts renewed at the end of the school year. The other three were white.

Superintendent Flynn says none of those teachers were rehired.

Lonnie Winston tells WBKO that he has two friends in two different districts that were in similar situations. He says with one the job was not posted and she was allowed to keep it. In the other situation, Winston says the job was posted, but when his friend passed the posting was dropped.

Winston says he met with Superintendent Flynn and he says the meeting went as well as possible, but he's still looking for an answer as to why he didn't get his job back.

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