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Covington School Board Adds Julie Geisen Scheper

Fifteen months ago there were no Schepers holding public office in Covington and now there are two. Julie Geisen Scheper was officially appointed to the Covington Board of Education Thursday evening, just weeks before her husband, Mayor Chuck Scheper, is set to leave the office to which he was appointed late last year. 

"I'm very honored to receive the appointment from the Kentucky Department of Education," Geisen Scheper told The River City News. "I'm very excited to be a part of this team and will work very hard to enhance the education opportunities for Covington students." Prior to the appointment, Geisen Scheper has been heavily involved with Covington Partners which works closely with the school district.

Geisen Scheper replaces Denise Varney who was elected in 2010 and who resigned in August when she and her family moved out of the district. A lawsuit was filed over the vacancy Varney created when one potential candidate, Mark Young, and his attorney, Brandon Voelker, argued that because the seat was vacated two weeks before the filing deadline for November's election, the seat should have been placed on the ballot. A Kenton County judge ruled that no vacancy was officially created until it was formally acknowledged by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, which happened after the filing deadline. 

There are two years left in the term to be filled out by Geisen Scheper who is unsure whether she will seek election to a full term when her seat and that of member Jerry Avery are on the ballot in 2014. On Election Day, the board's three other seats were on the ballot and Glenda Huff was reelected to a fourth term while Joyce Baker and Kerry Holleran were elected to their first terms that will begin in January. The newly elected members were also recognized at Thursday's meeting.

"I'm excited for Julie," said Mayor Chuck Scheper. "She's very passionate about education and helping the school system." 

As for top priorities for the new board member, "I'd really like to get the word out on the many good things happening in Covington schools," Geisen Scheper said. 

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

PHOTO: Julie Geisen Scheper is sworn in by Covington School Board Attorney Mary Ann Stewart/RCN