Controversial candidate keeps school politics front and center

August 12, 2016
From the Publisher Jay Nolan

From the Publisher
Jay Nolan

School starts back this week in Knox County. And, so does the controversy over who will be on the Knox County School board. Believe it or not, former school board chairman Dexter Smith, who resigned after being investigated by multiple agencies and was facing perjury allegations, filed to run again. 


Already, one question is, did he actually commit perjury Tuesday when he filed his candidate papers with the County Clerk?

You may remember candidates for school board must sign that they meet the qualifications of the office, specifically a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Smith’s “qualifications” from his first run was what turned out to be a fake diploma from an on-line diploma mill. While under investigation by the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky State Police, he was caught on tape reading a magazine as someone else took his GED test for him. He resigned shortly thereafter.

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