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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill that would place the power of hiring school principals into the hands of a district’s superintendent passed the state Senate Thursday.

The measure, known as Senate Bill 7, would remove that responsibility from school-based decision making councils. Under the bill, superintendents would have to only consult with the councils.

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Sponsor Senator John Schickel, R-Union, says “the people we hold accountable, superintendents, the school board members we elect to represent us, do not have the power to hire principals.”

Sentor Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, voted “no”, but said he appreciated a provision of the bill that would change the membership of councils by adding a parent. He said that would equalize the number of parents and teachers on councils.

Thomas said the Kentucky Education Reform Act moved the hiring responsibility to the councils because “so many school districts were ripe with nepotism and abuse.”

The bill passed by a 20-15 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.