Reports of Lincoln County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Teresa Wallace's imminent departure proved to be accurate. At last Thursday's board meeting, Dr. Wallace requested that the school board modify her contract, due to expire June 30, 2009, to expire on June 30 of this year instead. Without discussion, the board approved the request and passed a motion to post the superintendent's job opening the next day.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Dr. Wallace confirmed that she was seeking the superintendent's position in Somerset. On Monday, the Somerset Independent Schools Board of Education voted to hire her to replace Wilson Sears, who will retire soon.
Dr. Wallace, who lives in Hall's Gap, has maintained her family's farm in Somerset and said, "It's just time for me to go home ... but I will miss everything about Lincoln County."
In a later interview, Dr. Wallace said, "I love Lincoln County and I love my job here, but when (the Lincoln County Board of Education) hired me, they knew I was coming here to be close to home so they weren't surprised when I applied for the job."