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Julie Geisen Scheper Appointed to Covington School Board

Julie Geisen Scheper has been appointed to the Covington Board of Education, The River City News has confirmed, filling the school board seat vacated by Denise Varney who moved from the city in August. The wife of Covington Mayor Chuck Scheper, Julie Geisen Scheper has been in regular attendance at school board meetings for the past several months.

The appointment was made by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday after a series of interviews with potential candidates that applied for the open seat.

Geisen Scheper is active with Covington Partners, mentors a student at Holmes High School, was honored among the Outstanding Women in Northern Kentucky in 2005, and is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and Thomas More College.

She was honored by her collegiate alma mater in October as a recipient of the Bishop Hughes Award for her involvement in Catholic higher education. According to a news release for that October event, Geisen Scheper graduated from TMC with a degree in psychology in 1976 and has worked in the mental health field for various organizations including DCCH Center for Children and Families, Brighton Center and nearly 20 years at Catholic Charities. Her volunteer activities include Covington Partners, Mother of God Catholic Church, and BRIDGES for a Just Community. Mayor and Mrs. Scheper were both grand marshals for the BRIDGES for a Just Community's recent march.

The vacant school board seat had been the subject of a lawsuit in August after a would-be candidate sued to have his name placed on the ballot. Mark Young attempted to file to run for the seat on August 14, the final day to file for the office. Three of the five seats on the Covington School Board were up for election in 2012, but Varney's wasn't. Young and his attorney cited state statute that suggested an election should have been held for the vacated seat since Varney resigned with enough time before the filing deadline. A Kenton County judge later ruled that a vacancy was not declared until Varney's resignation had been formally accepted by the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, which did not happen until after the filing deadline.

Geisen Scheper is expected to be sworn in at the Board of Education's next meeting on November 29. Next year she will be joined by Joyce Baker and Kerry Holleran who were elected to their first terms and Glenda Huff, the board chairperson, who was elected to her fourth four-year term. Jerry Avery is the fifth member of the board and was not up for election in 2012. Avery's and Geisen Scheper's seats on the board will be on the ballot in November 2014. Her husband was also appointed to his current position as Covington Mayor last year but chose not to seek election to a full term.

Written by Michael Monks, Editor & Publisher of The River City News

PHOTO: Covington Board of Education building/RCN file