Last updated: July 18. 2013 11:22PM - 187 Views
Amelia Holliday
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HAZARD — Citizens of Perry County may soon be seeing advertisements for the county school board’s superintendent search. The Perry County Board of Education met for a special-called meeting over the weekend to set a time line for the search as well as to finalize ads for it.

Mike Oder with the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) met with the board Saturday morning to assist in the planning of the next steps in the process. The board voted 3-2 last month to contract with an outside agency, the KSBA, after much discussion over whether or not the district was in the position to pay for outside help.

The district’s attorney, Mick Schmitt, said last month that while the process is not complicated, if an outside group was not hired then someone in the district would ultimately have to be responsible for planning out the steps in the process.

“The advantage of a search committee is they do all of that for you,” Schmitt said.

Oder, who works specifically with superintendent searches for KSBA, said the meeting with the board went well and the process is moving right along.

“I explained to them the process that we would go through, and we talked about a timeline, we finalized a timeline, and we looked at an ad,” he said. “We talked about the screening committee, getting it going, and Denise Pratt is going to work through that. We intend to start advertising this week.”

Oder said he and the board hope to have a screening committee composed by the end of the month. The committee, according to KSBA law, will consist of one board member, one principal, one classified staff member, two teachers, and one parent.

The deadline for superintendent applications is April 29, and the first joint meeting of the school board and the screening committee will be May 2. Oder said there will be a series of screening committee meetings in which they will discuss their choices for the position. On May 22, the committee will meet with the board again to present their recommendation.

Interim superintendent Jonathan Jett could not be involved in the process or the meeting on Saturday because he will be in the running for the permanent position.

The need for a new superintendent came in November of last year after former superintendent John Paul Amis announced his retirement after reportedly coming under scrutiny from the board following an investigation into cheating on ACT tests at Perry Central in 2010, and the school’s listing in December 2011 as a persistently low-achieving school based upon the past three years of academic achievement.

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