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The Kentucky state school board last week voted to suspend without pay Boyd County Superintendent Delmis Donta and scheduled an Oct. 25 hearing on the five charges that state education officials have brought against the eastern Kentucky school administrator.

Mr. Donta is scheduled to face trial Oct. 21 on a separate misdemeanor misconduct charge of signing an allegedly false class-size report. ('See Education Week, Oct. 2, 1991 .)

At its meeting last week, the state board named Ray Hammers, a retired superintendent who served most recently in Union County, Ky., to serve for up to 90 days as interim superintendent for the 4,100 student Boyd County system. Following its hearing later this month, the board is required to either reinstate Mr. Donta or remove him from office.

A former principal charged with doctoring records at a Dade County, Fla., school has been barred from serving again as an administrator in the state.

A local investigation revealed that enrollment, attendance, and test-score records had been doctored at North Beach Elementary while Michael Kesselman was principal. The U.S. Education Department then revoked the school's National School of Excellence award. ('See Education Week, Jan. 9, 1991 .) Mr. Kesselman denies any wrongdoing.

Vol. 11, Issue 06

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