SUNDAY EDITION | Associate of JCPS Board Chairman David Jones Jr. played key role in district hiring

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Education is taking a leave of absence to undergo a medical procedure, according to a statement that was read before Tuesday's school board meetings began.

In his letter, David Jones Jr. says he is undergoing a "long-planned routine medical procedure" and after a brief stay in the hospital, he will return home to recuperate and anticipates "resuming a full schedule after the holidays."

"Timing for such things is never perfect," Jones wrote in his letter. "I know we have a great deal of important business to attend to on behalf of JCPS, but in this case, scheduling must reflect the availability of my doctor and the medical facility where the procedure is taking place."

Jones is up for re-election this year. He has represented District 2 -- which includes parts of Newburg, Germantown and St. Matthews, plus all of Crescent Hill and the Highlands -- since 2012. He has served as chairman of the school board since 2015.

His letter did not mention anything about his campaign. He faces two opponents in the election -- Chris Kolb and James Fletcher.

"As you know, serving our schools and the students, teachers and staff who make them the vibrant places they are is my passion and I would be there with you if at all possible," Jones said in his statement. "I take great pride in serving our schools, my district and the families that entrust us with this important work."

The exact timing of Jones' medical procedure was not immediately known.

He could not be reached for immediate comment on Tuesday night.

Jefferson County is broken into seven school board districts and only one member is elected from each of those districts. Only those registered to vote in districts 2, 4 and 7 can vote in this year's election, and voters can only vote for the seat in the district in which they live. 

Under state law, board members may not act independently on official matters, they may act only as a group on board-related decisions.

The four other members of the school board, Diane Porter, Lisa Willner, Linda Duncan and Stephanie Horne, will be up for re-election in 2018.

School board members do not have a salary; they earn $75 per meeting they attend, not to exceed $3,000 annually.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter. 

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