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School superintendent searches take next step

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

The search for two new school superintendents reached the final stage as both screening committees handed the job over to the board of education to complete the final step.

The six-member screening committees provided a list of finalists to the Paducah and McCracken County school boards during separate meetings Wednesday. Both searches are being overseen by Kentucky School Boards Association consultant Butch Canty. The county meeting ended past the Sun's production deadline and will be detailed in Friday's paper.

The city screening group gave the board three to five unranked finalists who will be interviewed. Names and the exact number of finalists were not disclosed publicly, according to Canty. He said the district chose not to publicize the information pending the notification of applicants and there is no timetable to provide additional information.

The board met with the elected screening committee on March 5 to outline desired qualifications. The council - composed of school and district officials as well as parents and community members - were tasked with paper screening and checking references at subsequent closed meetings.

The committee included Janice Howard, school board; Art Davis, Paducah Tilghman principal; Jonathan Smith and Alan Tucker, certified teachers at Paducah Tilghman; Lakilia Bedeau, classified staff member, and Chris Black, parent representative.

Davis, the chairman, said the group met four times to analyze 28 applications. He said the process went smoothly and the city received a large number of high quality applicants.

The board will interview the finalists before the end of the month. Additional recommendations for candidates to interview, outside the screening council, can be made by board members, according to Canty. He said district will name a new superintendent by March 31.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651.

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