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.
The JCBE is committed to providing monthly updates regarding the search for the district’s permanent superintendent. This is the first of the regularly scheduled updates.
Before appointing a new superintendent, the board is required by state statute to consider recommendations made by members of a broad-based superintendent screening committee. The committee, as outlined in statute, is made up of a board member appointed by the board chair, two teachers, one principal, one parent, and one classified employee. Three of the committee positions have been filled, and the rest should be filled by the end of September.
In addition, the request for proposals (RFP) to assist the district in the search for superintendent were due Wednesday. The district received three responses to the RFP. The board hopes to have a search firm selected by early October.
A project manager has also been selected to assist in moving the search work forward.
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.