Citing “personal reasons,” Boyle County School Board member Alane Mills has resigned her position.
Mills submitted her resignation letter to the board during Thursday’s meeting. In the letter, she expressed her “appreciation and respect” for fellow and past board members and superintendents, stating that “Boyle County is incredibly blessed.” She also thanked the community for the “years of love and support.”
“Alane is irreplaceable,” said Superintendent Mike LaFavers, who stressed that Mills had been an advocate for the students of Boyle County — by first being a teacher, then a program director in the system — before being elected to school board about eight years ago.
“She loves the Boyle County community and she’s passionate about the school district,”¿he said. “Alane made every decision on what’s best for the kids, never lost sight of that fact. That’s what makes her so special.”
Mills is the wife of Thomas A. Mills, CEO of Fortune Hi-Tech, which is under investigation by federal authorities and the Attorney General, accused of being a pyramid scheme. Authorities raided company headquarters in Lexington and a warehouse in Danville last month, seizing company records.
Thomas Mills is a former Boyle County schools superintendent, principal and coach. Fortune Hi-Tech founder Paul Orberson also has roots in Boyle County.
Alane Mills served as a board member for District 5, which includes Junction City. She was elected to her third term in November after running unopposed.
According to LaFavers, the replacement process could take about two months and the decision is made by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday.
“Anytime you have someone who, for whatever reason, can’t fulfill a term, he appoints that person’s replacement,” LaFavers said. “It’s not something the superintendent or the board does.”
LaFavers encouraged anyone who might be interested to apply for the position through the Kentucky Department of Education.