During its regular meeting Monday, the Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education heard a proposal from board member Ken Fuller to negotiate a contract renewal for Superintendent David Gibson.

“We never really get to talk as board members to each other, but there’s a couple things I’d like to see us consider,” Fuller said. “I think your service has been long enough now that we can reconsider your contract. I’d like to do that, you know … I would like, maybe you and (John) Porter here to work it out, and this Mr. Porter (board member Joe Porter), unfortunately, would say that if you work it out, the first year you’re at the same salary.”

Joe Porter joked that he would keep Gibson at the same salary for the entirety of the contract and Fuller said that Gibson should be subject to the same raises as other district employees.

Gibson said he was thankful for the confidence of the board.

“That’s fine with me and I appreciate the confidence, Mr. Fuller,” said Gibson. “It’s a remarkable place to be. We’ve got remarkable staff and remarkable kids and I’m very blessed to be here.”

Community member Steve Belcher, who has been critical of Gibson and the board at past meetings was present at the meeting, but the board did not provide a place for public comment in the meeting, leading to Belcher handing a sealed envelope to the board before the board entered into executive session.

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education meets on the first Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the district’s administrative building on Second Street unless otherwise indicated.

All meetings are open to the public.

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