Ashley Ketcherside, a woman appointed to contribute to decisions regarding age-appropriate material for sex education in Godley, Texas, recently faced removal from her role after it was revealed that she had a secret past as a convicted prostitute. FOX 4 in Dallas reported that Ketcherside also advertised online as an escort, with one site listing her persona as active just last month.
Despite her discreet history, Ketcherside served on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), a council mandated by the state to recommend health education protocols for school districts. The revelation raised concerns about the effectiveness of background checks within the Godley Independent School District and across the state.
The issue prompted discussions about the need for better oversight and screening processes for individuals serving in educational capacities. Kayla Lain, a Godley ISD School Board trustee, expressed surprise, stating, “We had no idea what was going on in her personal life. She was always very friendly and personable.”
Parents grew suspicious of Ketcherside when she claimed ownership of multiple businesses, prompting an investigation into her background. The nonprofit group Families Engaged for Effective Education played a crucial role in bringing Ketcherside’s history to light, emphasizing that the focus should be on the lack of oversight rather than the nature of her past.
The school district, in response to the revelations, informed Ketcherside that she could no longer serve on district committees or in other volunteer capacities. The incident highlights the need for both local and state-level changes in screening processes to prevent individuals with certain criminal convictions from participating in schools.