Superintendent Search

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The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) is currently conducting a nationwide search for a superintendent to lead the nation’s 28th largest school district. The new superintendent will replace Dr. Donna Hargens, whose resignation from the position became effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Martin Pollio is currently serving as acting superintendent of the district.

Community engagement and collaboration are important parts of hiring the new superintendent for JCPS. Before making its decision on the appointment of a new superintendent, the board believes that it is vital to have public input.

The board will have public forums to gather organized feedback and input about what the community would like to see in a new superintendent. The board hopes that all JCPS stakeholders will be a part of hiring the new superintendent.

The board is committed to providing regular updates regarding the search for the district’s permanent superintendent. For the most recently updated information on the superintendent search, please click on Superintendent Search FAQs below.

At this time, the board is not utilizing a national search firm. However, in late September, the board issued an RFP for a firm to provide public relations and community relations services relating to the superintendent search. This firm will assist the board to obtain input from the community and stakeholders about the qualities and capabilities that are desired in a superintendent. At its October 23, 2017, meeting, the board voted to award the contract to one of the three bidders, Bandy Carroll Hellige. The process of obtaining community and stakeholder input is expected to begin in November and to continue through December and January.

As required by Kentucky law, the board will receive advice from a superintendent screening committee that is composed of one board member, appointed by the board chair; two teachers, elected by the teachers in the district; one principal, elected by the principals in the district; one parent, elected by the presidents of the parent-teacher organizations of the schools in the district; one non-teacher employee, elected by the non-teacher employees in the district; and, if a minority member is not otherwise elected or appointed to the committee, one minority parent member elected by parents in an election conducted by the board. All members of the committee have now been selected. The membership of the committee is as follows:

  • Board member—Chris Brady
  • Teachers—Brent McKim and Beth Fuller
  • Principal—Julie Cummings
  • First Parent—Karin Bennett
  • Classified Employee—Sue Foster
  • Minority Parent—Yvette Gentry

In late October, the board began advertising the superintendent position in national and state publications and online job listings that are widely read by educators, including minority educators. The project manager has been receiving responses to the advertisements from interested educators and has been providing those persons with an informational brochure about the district and an application form. This process will continue until the deadline for submitting applications, which is December 1. Applications will be reviewed by the screening committee and by the members of the board.

The process of reviewing applications is expected to take place through December and January. The board hopes to select the finalists for the superintendent position and to interview the finalists in February. The board hopes to select the superintendent by the middle of March so that he or she can begin work by April 1.

Update on the Status of the Superintendent Search—November 28, 2017

At our October 23 meeting, the board voted to award a contract for public relations and community relations services relating to the superintendent search to a local firm, Bandy Carroll Hellige. This firm will assist the board to obtain input from the community and stakeholders about the qualities and capabilities that are desired in a superintendent through an equitable process in which each segment and population of the community will be involved. Representatives of Bandy Carroll Hellige are present at this meeting to present the board with their initial proposal to conduct this work and to obtain the board’s feedback on the proposal.

As required by Kentucky law, the board will receive advice from a superintendent screening committee. As a reminder, the committee is composed of one board member, one principal, two teachers, one non-teacher employee, one parent elected by the presidents of the PTAs in the district, and one minority parent elected by the parents of the district. The superintendent screening committee held an organizational meeting on November 17. The members of the committee discussed their plans for performing their role in the superintendent search process, and they elected Julie Cummings, principal at Eisenhower Elementary School, as chairperson of the committee. The meeting included an executive session as permitted by Kentucky law. The next meeting of the committee will be held on December 8.

During the past month, the board has advertised the superintendent position in national and state publications and online job listings that are widely read by educators, including minority educators. The project manager has received applications in response to the advertisements and expects to receive additional applications up until the deadline for submitting applications, which is December 1. The applications will be reviewed by the screening committee and by the members of the board.

The process of reviewing applications is expected to take place through December and January.  The board hopes to select the finalists for the superintendent position and to interview the finalists in February. The board hopes to select the superintendent by the middle of March so that he or she can begin work by April 1. These dates are not intended to set a fixed timeline. It is possible that the search process can be shorter than this and that the new superintendent can be selected more quickly than this.

Update on the Status of the Superintendent Search—December 4, 2017

The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) has received nine applications from candidates interested in serving as the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District after an open application process concluded on December 1, 2017.

The Superintendent Screening Committee, whose role is to provide recommendations to the board, will meet December 8 to initiate a review of the candidate applications. The board will begin its own review of applications during its executive session scheduled for December 12

The recommendations of the screening committee will be one source of information the board will use in selecting the new superintendent. In addition, the board will consider community perspectives following extensive public outreach over the next two months.

The board will seek input from multiple district stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, principals, and other district administrators and employees, as well as community organizations and groups. This input will be provided through multiple methods of community outreach, including surveys, community meetings, focus groups, social media, and the district’s website. The board contracted Louisville public relations firm Bandy Carroll Hellige to manage the outreach, and more details about different opportunities for public feedback will be announced in the coming weeks.

The board expects that the process of reviewing applications will take place through December and January and that the finalists for the superintendent position will be interviewed in February with the goal of the selected candidate beginning work by April. These dates are not intended to set a fixed timeline.

Updates will be provided throughout the process.