JCPS one step closer to hiring interim superintendent - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS one step closer to hiring interim superintendent

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By: Katie Delaune -

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) - The JCPS school board interviewed three candidates for interim superintendent Tuesday afternoon. The board is remaining tight-lipped about this process, but the board chair revealed the interim will not be the next superintendent.

WDRB learned the three candidates come from both inside and outside the district. All of them were recruited. But none of the candidates, a woman and two men, have been superintendent before.

The interim would be hired if the new superintendent can not start July 1st or the search process takes longer than expected. But it's possible the interim and new superintendent could work in tandem to help with the transition.

"Well, I think we will need one. We understand Dr. Berman needs to transition to the district in Oregon," says Board member Linda Duncan. Sheldon Berman was hired by the Eugene, OR school district after the board decided not to renew his contract. Duncan feels the interim can help the new superintendent adjust to a district of 98,000 students

She thinks the district can absorb the cost of keeping both an interim and new superintendent. "The question of course," Duncan says, "is the length of time we're going to need an interim superintendent."

Duncan says the interim could stay on for a year if the superintendent search doesn't produce a qualified candidate. But how much is it costing the district to buy time with an interim? "I have no idea. We have not discussed that at all," says Duncan.

"I don't see the sense in spending anymore money than we actually need to," says Chris Fell.

His daughter Lily will start 2nd grade in August. He's closely watched the board look for a new leader. "It does not need to be anyone of any type of political nature. It definitely needs to be someone who can put parenting first."

His top concern is finding someone who can handle the student assignment plan after he and several parents sued the district last year over busing.

"She was fatigued coming home, too tired to play with friends, too tired to do homework, too tired to take a bath, too tired to even eat."

The deadline for superintendent application is today. This Saturday the board will meet to trim the list down to five candidates. They will be interviewed on May 25th &27th.

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