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EIS soon to begin searching for replacement

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By Kelly Richardson

 

By KELLY RICHARDSON krichardson@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board will meet Thursday to finalize Superintendent John Millay’s resignation and likely begin the first steps of hiring a new superintendent. Millay announced his resignation Saturday at a special board meeting, after serving two years in the position. His resignation takes effect June 30. He has taken a position as a Kentucky Department of Education policy adviser. Board Chairwoman Regina Churchill said the board plans to use the services of the Kentucky School Board Association, which can recommend a pool of candidates for the board to choose from if it wishes. KSBA helped the board select Millay and made the process a smooth one. “We had a really good experience with them,” Churchill said. Churchill said she would like to see the district’s screening committee, made up of teachers, another staff member, a parent, a principal and a board member, begin to form in the coming weeks. The screening committee will review applicants and can make a recommendation to the board. The search process two years ago took about a year. Gary French, director of student services, served as interim superintendent during the search. Churchill said the board hadn’t decided whether it would choose an interim or only search for a permanent replacement for Millay. French, who also applied for the superintendent position when Millay was hired, said he hadn’t given any thought at this point to the vacant position. Churchill said she would like to have someone hired by the beginning of the school year. “I feel like we’re in a time crunch,” she said. Board Vice Chairman Guy Wallace said he does not want the board to feel rushed into its decision, because members need to selected the right person for the job. “I think experience is going to be very important,” he said of the next superintendent. While the board hasn’t discussed candidate qualifications yet, Wallace said an ability to handle problems fairly and a good understanding of EIS and the community is something he’d like to see in the next superintendent. Wallace said candidates from independent districts might make a good fit for EIS, but the best candidate could be from anywhere. “If it’s the right person, I don’t care if they’re from Timbuktu,” he said. Churchill said Millay’s sudden departure hadn’t given her much time to consider future candidates. “I think we were all stunned Saturday,” she said. Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.