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The superintendent search committee for the Shelby County Public System is currently reviewing 27 applications for the position of head of the school system. In less than a month, the district could name one of the applicants as the new superintendent.
The Kentucky School Board Association released biographic information this week on the 27 applicants. The names of candidates have not been released.
Out of the 27 applicants, there are six who are currently superintendents, 10 that are on staff with school boards, six are principals, and the remaining five are in various positions.
While candidates are required to have advanced administrative degrees, nine of the applicants have earned their doctorate degree. Men applied for the position almost three to one, with 20 men and seven women submitting their applications. The board received resumes from 19 applicants who live in Kentucky, two from Indiana, two in Ohio and one each from Colorado, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas.
The search committee is Eddie Mathis, board representative, Cindy Adkins, principal representative, Susanne Burkhardt, teacher representative, Jennifer LaRue, teacher representative, Ginger Carroll, classified staff representative, Marisa Morgan, parent representative, Albert "Chip" Minnis, IV, parent representative
The committee had their first meeting on Feb. 26. They will have two more meetings where applicants are discussed before the committee finalizes it recommendations to the board.
On March 10 the board will recommend up to five applicants to the board for further review. The committee and the board will meet on March 12 to discuss their recommendation.
On March 14 to 25 the board will hold interviews with the candidates. If the board sticks to the recommended schedule by KSBA, on March 27 they will name a new superintendent.
Mike Oder, the search facilitator of the KSBA, originally expected the district to receive from 15 to 20 applications.
The district hired the KSBA to help in the search for a qualified superintendent for a fee of $8,000.
In the advertisement for the position on the KSBA website, the board described the type of person they are looking for.
"The Shelby County Board of Education is seeking an outstanding educational leader with the ability to continue to move the district forward. To lead this school district of 6,114 students, candidates need to possess enthusiasm and experience in addition to bringing innovation to the position."
While the exact salary for the position has not been set, the salary for former superintendent Elaine Farris was $123,554. That figure could rise if the candidate has had previous experience as superintendent or has a doctorate degree.
Farris vacated Shelby County's superintendent position last June. The position has been filled this school year by interim superintendent Dr. Susan Cook. Cook has stated that she is not interested in the permanent position.
Proposed superintendent search schedule
Feb. 26: First review of applications by committee
March 3: Second review by committee
March 10: Committee to finalize recommendations
March 12: Board and committee talk about recommendations
March 14 to 25: Interviews with applications
March 27: Name the new superintendent
Note: The schedule was recommended to the board by KSBA. The board does not have to follow the schedule exactly.