New Albany school superintendent up for job in Naples, Florida
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Fox 41 News has learned New Albany's School Superintendent Bruce Hibbard's name appears on a list of 25 applicants to become a superintendent in Naples, Florida.
The search firm for Collier County Schools released the list this week.
Hibbard is in his second year of a multi-year contract at New Albany. He and the school board are poised to lay off teachers to help close a $4.2 million budget gap for next year.
New Albany Floyd County Schools has 70 jobs on the chopping block, including all art, music, and PE teachers at elementary schools. It is a pivotal time for the district and the man who runs it all.
Some teachers fear a "slash and dash," where Hibbard makes all the cuts and doesn't have to live with the consequences. Next week he's due at the bargaining table with teachers. He's offered them a proposal to freeze raises and have faculty pay more for insurance as a way to save some jobs.
School Board President Roger Whaley tells Fox 41 News, "Doctor Hibbard is a very good superintendent and he will make someone else an equally good superintendent."
Whaley says Hibbard can get out of the two years remaining on his contract if he gets a new job.
The New Albany-Floyd County school board president says Hibbard notified him via e-mail Thursday after the Florida news became public.