The Paducah Board of Education met Tuesday evening during a special called meeting. Members then went into executive session to go over personnel issues.
The last time the board met in executive session was December 11, 2020. The special called meeting was to address Dr. Donald Shively's blackface photo from a Halloween party nearly two decades ago. The board voted, with the exception of James Hudson who abstained, and the four remaining members agreed to 40 days of unpaid leave. The reprimand of 40 days without pay takes place over the next two school years.
The board was in executive session for three hours to discuss personnel issues. There was no action taken. Executive sessions are closed meetings, therefore, the public nor the media were privy to the content of those discussions.
If you would like to read more pertaining to the incident concerning the blackface Halloween photo, click on any of the following links:
Paducah Superintendent interviews with local television station about racially-insensitive Halloween photo
Board member have no plans to fire Shively as the Kentucky Department of Education learns of racially-insensitive photo
Statement release Monday from Shively on plans to make amends
A petition to remove Shively if circulating on the local NAACP Facebook page
Organized protest set for Sunday to remove Shively
It's the battle of the petitions, to keep or not to keep Shively
Protestors gather on Sunday at PTHS
Paducah Board of Education releases statement to address community concerns
No immediate action is taken after the first executive session
The racially-insensitive photo translates into 40 days unpaid leave
A billboard on the busiest street in Paducah calls for Shively's termination