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Screening committee now searching for new superintendent

The screening committee who is in charge of making recommendations for the new superintendent to the Jessamine County Board of Education has been formed.

The committee — which held its first meeting on Thursday, May 25 with the board and a Kentucky School Board Association search facilitator — consists of two teachers or certified staff, one board member, one principal, one classified employee, one parent and one minority parent representative. All of which were voted in by their peers.

Certified staff will be represented by Anna Brannen and Heather LaBarbara. School board member Hallie Bandy will represent the school board, Shonda McClure will represent classified employees, Justin Ray will represent parents and Dorothy Lee will represent the minority parents.

The committee will soon be seeking input from the community as to what characteristics the new superintendent should have such as instructional leadership skills and good fiscal management. The survey will soon be available for feedback on the Jessamine County Schools website at http://www.jessamine.k12.ky.us/.

The final meeting, scheduled for June 22, will also be a joint meeting with the board, and the committee will present their recommended three to five candidates for the new superintendent. 

The goal of the committee and the school board is to have a new superintendent in place by July 1 before the new school year begins, said Patrice Jones, director of school, community and public relations for Jessamine County Schools.