The search for a super goes on

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EIS receives 22 applications for vacant position

By Kelly Richardson


By KELLY RICHARDSON krichardson@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — The screening committee at Elizabethtown Independent Schools has received 22 applications for the position of superintendent, including some from the area. The screening committee met with the school board Monday night to discuss their roles in the search process, and the screening committee held its first meeting afterward to begin sifting through the applications. Of the 22 applicants, 13 are from Kentucky, and Mike Oder, the board’s superintendent search consultant from the Kentucky School Board Association, said some of the Kentucky applicants are local. The screening committee is required to keep the identity of the applicants confidential. Of the other nine applicants, two are from Georgia, three are from Ohio, and the remaining applicants are from Iowa, Indiana, Idaho and South Carolina. Oder said at the meeting that the number of applicants exceeded his expectations and there were more out-of-state applicants than in other recent searches he had done. Seven applicants are current superintendents, seven have district-level experience, six have principal experience, one works with an education organization, one is listed as “other” on the documents distributed at the meeting and one has no information. Six have doctorates. Seventeen applicants are men and five are women. The screening committee will meet on July 21 to choose applicants for background and reference checks and on July 28 to decide on their recommendations for the board. There will be another joint meeting on July 31 with the board and the committee, in which the committee will present its recommendations. The board will interview the candidates during August and hopes to name a new superintendent at the beginning of September, replacing John Millay, who resigned in May from his position as superintendent. Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.