Twenty apply for Williamstown superintendent position

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By Bryan Marshall

Williamstown Independent Schools’ search for a new superintendent is officially on.

Twenty people have applied to replace Charles Ed Wilson, who after six years with the district announced in November his plans to retire two years before his contract was scheduled to end.

His resignation will become effective July 1.

“I find the number of applicants to be outstanding,” said Mike Oder, a superintendent search consultant for the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA).

The district is paying KSBA $8,500 to assist with the search.

Of the 20 applicants, 16 are male and four are female and only one is a current superintendent.

Sixteen are in-state applicants with two coming from Ohio and one each from Maryland and Indiana.

Eight applicants have central office experience, but not as a superintendent, while six are principals.

Two others are affiliated with an education organization.

With the applications in hand, the next step in the process will be handled by a recently formed screening committee, which met with the school board on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The committee consists of one school board member appointed by the board chair, a principal elected by the principals, two teachers elected by the teachers, one classified staff member elected by classified employees and one parent elected by the PTO president.

A minority parent elected by all parents would have been selected if the district had at least 8 percent minority enrollment.

For Williamstown, the committee includes board chair Liz Wagoner, Williamstown Jr./Sr. High Principal Misty Buchanan, teachers Donna Jones and Deana Cummins, cafeteria manager Stephanie Caldwell and parent Bobby Kemper.

The committee’s role will include looking over the applications, reference checks and developing a list of five candidates to recommend to the board on March 6.

“The initial candidate criteria is based on administrative experience, budgeting and finance experience, community minded, good oral and written communication skills and forward thinking,” Wagoner read from a “charge to the screening committee” handout.

The school board and the screening committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 to discuss the recommended candidates.

“Your responsibility is to take into consideration the hard work that these people do,” Oder said to the board. “But, you are not bound by their recommendations.”

Between March 15 and April 1, the school board will interview the candidates that they choose.

If all goes as planned, a new superintendent will be named Friday, April 10.