William Owens

Mr. William Owens, Board Chair

I am in my 30th year on the Lee County Board of Education. I grew up one of 14 children in Clay County. I worked as a teen for many years as a youth worker at Youth Haven Bible Camp. During summers I met a lot of people that were concerned about the young kids in South Eastern Kentucky. Being from a poor family most of my brothers and sisters had to leave school after eighth grade and get jobs to work, but the Lord brought people in my life to help me finish high school and bible school. My wife and I have been with the mission for over forty years. I have two children that attended Lee County Schools. I believe that the Lord brought people in my life to help me, and I believe and have tried to give back to other kids that needed help and encouragement.

Lamont Coldiron

Mr. Lamont Coldiron, Board Vice Chair

After my graduation from Lee County High School, Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy, and graduation from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program, my wife Barbara and I made our home in Lee County. My wife retired from the Lee County Middle School, so I was associated with educators and the school system for many years. Sometime after my retirement from the U.S. Department of Justice, a vacant school board position in my district existed, so I filed for it, and was elected. I very much enjoy being on our school board and helping to ensure, our students receive the proper education they deserve.

Donald Barnes

Mr. Donald Barnes Jr., Board Member

Mr. Barnes is a tenured professor with Hazard Community and Technical College where he has taught forestry and mathematics courses since 1996.  After earning his Master of Science in Forestry Resources from Oklahoma State University in 1992, he performed post graduate work at the University of Arkansas until 1994.  Mr. Barnes worked as an agriculture and soil physics research assistant from 1994 until he accepted a position as an instructor at HCTC in 1996.

Donald Napier

Mr. Donald Napier, Board Member

I am a 1995 graduate of Lee County High School. I will always have the best interest of the students, staff and community in the decisions that I make as a Board Member.


Dr. Avis Thompson, Board Member

My primary reason for seeking office as a Lee Co. School Board Member was to bring  a unique  perspective to the table. As a Retired HS English Teacher, I have been in the trenches and understand the importance of communicating with teachers, parents, students, school administrators, and the community. I believe our sole purpose is to assure that we offer the best educational experience for all of our students to become successful and productive citizens. 

Dr. Thompson retired from the Lee County School District in 2006 where she was an English teacher, varsity coach for cross country, track, and volleyball, and sponsored the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She founded the Thompson Chapel in Beattyville, Kentucky in 2016 where she is the pastor.

2022 School Board Meeting Dates

January 11, 2022

February 8, 2022

March 8, 2022

April 12, 2022

May 10, 2022

June 14, 2022

July 12, 2022

August 9, 2022

September 13, 2022

October 11, 2022

November 8, 2022

December 13, 2022

All meetings will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Lee County Central Office board room located at 242 Lee Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Lee County Board of Education Policies and Procedures

Board Contact: Ms. Shana Minter, Secretary to the Superintendent

Phone: 606-464-5000

E-Mail: shana.minter@lee.kyschoolsus