Screening committee begins hunt for supt.

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By Bryan Marshall

Members of a screening committee have been selected to help the Grant County School Board choose the district’s next superintendent.

Michael Hibbett announced in November that he will be retiring after the 2010-11 school year.

The screening committee is comprised of two teachers elected by the teachers, one board member appointed by the board chairman, one principal elected by the principals, one classified employee elected by the classified employees and one parent elected by the presidents of the parent-teacher organizations of the district.
Board member Jim Colson and Grant County High School Principal Claudette Herald were chosen as the board and principal members, respectively.

Also chosen were Dry Ridge Elementary teacher Shannon Brickler, Sherman Elementary teacher Jackie Young, parent Krissy Schlueter and Daryl Koebcke, district vehicle maintenance manager.

The board also is using the guidance of the Kentucky School Board Association’s Superintendent Search Service to assist in the search. The district is paying $8,500 for the service.

“This is really good timing for them,” Mike Oder, KSBA superintendent search consultant, said about the mid-year search.

The responsibilities of the screening committee will be to paper screen all applicants, check background and references of applicants and report its recommendations to the board.

The school board has listed several criteria they would like to see in the new superintendent, including someone who is community-oriented and student-centered, passionate about education, understands the role of technical and career education, has administrative experience, strong interpersonal skills, a record of enhancing student performance and has leadership skills.

The application window for the position closes March 14, two days before the screening committee and the school board will meet for the first time.

The committee will meet again March 23 and April 4 before handing over recommendations to the school board April 6.

“Grant County’s board is requesting six candidates,” Oder said. “The board only has to consider the recommendations of the screening committee. They might not interview any of the candidates. They might interview all of them. They might interview a portion of them.”

The board will then interview potential finalist candidates throughout April before making their decision April 28.

The Grant County search committee expects to have a new superintendent hired by the end of April.