Parent needed for superintendent search

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By Bryan Marshall

Grant County Schools are looking for a parent to help decide who will be the district’s next superintendent.

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

As the school board begins the process to select a new superintendent, a screening committee is being organized for the search.

The board also is using the guidance of the Kentucky School Board Association’s Superintendent Search Service to assist in the search.

The screening committee will be 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.

Ballots with names of teacher and classified employee nominees will be distributed Feb. 4 and will be returned Feb. 8.

However, applicants are needed for the parent representative of the committee.

Any parent interested in serving as the parent member of the screening committee is asked to fill out a form  on the district’s Web site at www.grant.kyschools.us and return it to one of the following locations:
• Crittenden-Mt. Zion PTT president – Michele Fry
• Dry Ridge Elementary PTT president – Michelle Phillips
• Grant County Middle School PTT president – Gene Nelson
• Mason Corinth Elementary PTO president – Jenny Dietz
• Sherman Elementary School PTT president – Janetta Thompson
• Grant County High School front office secretary – Tamela Smallwood

Deadline for submission will be Feb. 4.

Following the receipt of all nominations, a ballot will be compiled and the PTO /PTT/PTA presidents will vote to determine the parent representative on the committee.

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 establishment of the committee is the first step of the process of selecting a new superintendent, which the board plans on having by April 28.

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.

After the recommendations, the board will interview potential finalist candidates throughout April before making their decision April 28.
If you want to be considered:
Go to the district’s Web site at www.grantkyschools.us and fill out an application. The deadline to return applications is Feb. 4.