Signs for school board candidate removed from Shelby Traditional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Signs supporting Corrie Shull for the Jefferson County Board of Education have been removed from Shelby Traditional Academy grounds, the president of the local teachers union said Monday.

Exactly why the signs were placed at the school, which is against Jefferson County Public Schools policy, is unclear. Shelby Traditional is in District 1 – represented by school board Chairwoman Diane Porter, who is running for re-election unopposed – according to the district’s website.

Shull, senior pastor of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, is running in a four-way race for the District 6 seat currently held by Lisa Willner, vice chairwoman of the board and the Democratic nominee in the 35th House District race, in Tuesday’s school board elections.

WDRB News found four Shull signs on Shelby Traditional property, which abuts Preston Park, Monday afternoon. Two of them flanked the school’s entrance sign.

A disclaimer at the bottom of the Shull signs indicate they were produced by Better Schools Kentucky, the super PAC of the Jefferson County Teachers Association. Shull has been endorsed by the union.

JCTA President Brent McKim said the signs never should have been placed on Shelby Traditional property and later said they had been removed.

JCPS policy strictly limits political activities by its employees while at work. Part of the policy prohibits employees from using school property to advocate for a particular political position, party or candidate.

McKim says JCTA trains its volunteers on district policies governing political activities of its teachers, about 6,000 of whom are members of the union.

He said the signs might not have been placed by any JCTA members since such materials were readily available at the union’s office and had been shared during meetings with other unions.

“It shouldn’t happen, but evidently someone who may or may not have been one of our folks put them there,” McKim said.

JCPS Communications Director Renee Murphy said the district had no indication that the signs were placed at Shelby Traditional by staff members.

Reach reporter Kevin Wheatley at 502-585-0838 and kwheatley@wdrb.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinWheatleyKY.

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