Superintendent could be named by June 18

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By Jeff Moore

Twenty-one applicants are being considered as the next superintendent of Carroll County Schools.

The Carroll County Screening Committee held its first meeting Thursday, May 22 to begin the process of recommending its choices to the Board of Education.

Michael Oder, superintendent search consultant for the Kentucky School Board Association, is working with the committee to narrow the list of candidates to interview to replace retiring Superintendent Lisa James, Ed.D. The group will hold three meetings over the next several weeks to review the candidates.

The pool includes seven superintendents, five people who work in board of education central offices, five principals, two who work for educational organizations and two others that include retired individuals.

He said the names of applicants remain confidential through the search process.

According to Oder, 18 applicants are male, while three are women. Sixteen of them are from Kentucky, while five are from out of state.

Oder said the initial meeting of the screening committee went well and the process will be on track for a new superintendent to be named as early as June 18.

The screening committee will “absolutely” meet the timeline and finalize its recommendations for interviews at a June 2 meeting.

The screening committee is made up of Carroll County Middle School Principal Dana Oak, Board of Education member Carolyn Jones, teachers Beth Sapp and Bill Varble, parent Dave Huesman, classified school employee Ed Humble and minority representative Magali McCarty.

The information presented to the committee shows it will ultimately select five to seven people to recommend for interviews, but they will not be ranked and will be listed in alphabetical order.

His materials outline the criteria being used to review the applications. They include:

• Proven record of increasing student achievement

• Administrative experience

• Visible part of the community

• Strong public relations

• Clear vision for the district and the skills to communicate that mission to all constituents

• Background of being fiscally responsible

• Innovative

• Create an atmosphere of open communication

• Experience with building projects

• High level of internal and external communications

The committee is set to meet with the Board of Education June 3, to present its recommendations, along with all of the notes it has compiled on the applicants.

Oder’s timeline shows that the board of education will interview candidates between June 6-14.

While it shows June 18 as the date to name a new superintendent, Oder said the Board of Education can take whatever time it needs to name the new superintendent.

James’ last day on the job is June 30. She announced her retirement at the March 27, Board of Education meeting.