Last Saturday marked the final day for any interested individuals in the
vacant McCreary County School Superintendent position to submit their
applications and resumes, so now the next phase of the process begins.
By Greg Bird
On Monday, April 15, the Board of Education will meet with the appointed Screening Committee in a joint session, with the sole purpose being to charge the committee to begin looking at the applicants and selecting five to six potential replacements for Michael Cash.
Following the brief initial meeting the committee will work independently of the Board and meet twice more, on April 30 and May 9, to review the applications, conduct background and reference checks, and conduct other research. The goal of the committee is to narrow down the field of applicants, to about five or six.
On May 16 both groups will meet again where the committee will present their recommendations to the Board on suitable candidates.
Over the following two weeks the Board will arrange to meet and interview the applicants, with the goal of naming a new Superintendent by June 15. The Board will be under no obligation to follow the recommendation of the committee, and can request to see all applications submitted if they feel it is necessary.
The Screening Committee is a required entity when searching for a new Superintendent and is to be comprised of one Board member, two teachers, one principal, one parent and one classified employee of the school district.
At Monday’s meeting the committee and Board will learn the number of applications received, as well as demographic breakdowns: such as how many women applied vs. males, how many applicants have Superintendent experience and how many are from out of McCreary County.
Due to privacy issues, the names of the applicants will not be revealed outside of the search committee and Board members.
The Board of Education is seeking a new Superintendent after allegations of inappropriate conduct with an employee surfaced, prompting the resignation of Michael Cash in February.
The Board is working with Tim Eaton of the Kentucky School Boards Association to conduct the search and hiring process.